C.V: I have been thinking and working deeply about this concept of “place” for the past few years. I recently read The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard for the second time because I was searching for a clearer understanding of what this concept truly means to me at this moment of my life. My relationship with place is deeply rooted in the idea that our surroundings, whether physical or metaphorical, have a profound impact on our experiences, emotions, and creativity. It’s like how a physical home can shape one's sense of belonging and comfort. I loved this part of the book in a section called “shells”:
"One must live to build one’s house and not build one’s house to live in (...) For generally beauty exteriorizes the surest sign of wonder is an exaggeration. We want to see and yet we are afraid to see(...) When it is a matter of nature, we rarely find ourselves on familiar ground. At every step, there is something that humiliates and mortifies proud minds. In other words, a snail shell, this house that grows with its inmates, is one of the marvels of the universe. Shells are sublime subjects of contemplation of the mind. Often when we think we are describing we merely imagine. Snails build a little house which they carry about with them. So they are always at home in whatever country they travel."
These days inspiration comes through each landscape of experience that I have or set up for myself.