constant line law
Can you draw a line that welcomes without also excluding?In Constant’s theory..
every line is violent.
Every line has to be undone. Every line has to be provisional, dotted, blurred, contested.
13 mi – geometry was the enemy.. the line is absolutely the enemy.. because drawing a line.. no matter how simple.. is always a violence to this.. someone is always outside and someone is always inside..
waldo bonded w margaret in a way that he would with no one else – not even his wife and children. ‘most of the persons whom i see in my own house i see across a gulf’ he anguished in his own journal. ‘i cannot go to them nor they come to me’.. he and margaret found themselves on one side of an invisible wall, the rest of the world on the others.. but neither knew what to make of this uncommon bond that didn’t conform to any existing template. the richest relationships are often those that don’t fit neatly into the preconceived slots we have made for the archetypes we imagine would populate our lives – the friend, the lover the parent, the sibling, the mentor, the muse. we meet people who belong to no single slot, who figure in to multiple categories at different times and in diff magnitudes. we then must either stretch ourselves to create new slots shaped after these singular relationships, enduring the growing pains of self expansion, or petrify..
to hold space for complexity, to resist the violence of containing and classifying what transcends familiar labels, takes patience and a certain kind of moral courage, which waldo seemed unable – or unwilling – to conjure up..