There are many points here which are of interest. Adam Phillips has written on this but recently I came across a selection of poems by Christopher Reid. His beautiful tribute to his late wife is called “The Scattering”
Day and Night – (Max Ernst)
“Absence is a house so vast that inside you will pass through its walls and hang pictures on the air.”
Unlike peace and solitude, a sense of absence can be powerfully disturbing and deeply emotional. What does the concept of absence mean to us? It touches all of us at some points in our lives, in different ways.
Below are 5 interesting thoughts about absence……
1. Neither Presence Nor Absence: Traces.
Traces. Abstract Painting 780-1 – Gerhard Richter. Wikioo.
“To live means to leave traces.”
Absence and presence are not always clear cut and they do not have definitive boundaries. There is certainly something in between both of these opposites, and it sometimes feels quite mystical, affecting the atmosphere in a room.
Sun in an Empty Room.Edward Hopper. 1963. Wikiart.
“People also leave presence in a place even when they are…
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