The Absolutely Other: Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland, 2014

Mary Modeen (Artist)

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The Absolutely Other is a title taken from a quote from Jacques Rancière. Certain places can be familiar to us, even when we know we have never seen them before. Such fleeting glimmers of recognition can penetrate the heart deeply, evoking what John Berger once described as ‘The gasp of Home.’ It is in these moments that the intention of the soul is revealed. Like a forest clearing, we suddenly know where we are and why we are here. The point of confluence between now, and a more ancient then, opens the unfolding path that lies before us. Modeen’s collection of 22 prints and bookworks explores these unpredictable clearings, these breaks in the homogeneity of space. They are anomalous places she has stumbled upon, liminal places she has deliberately sought to find; no place, every place, constructed from inner visions; each of them imbued with a kind of sacred significance. They contain layers of concealed memory and beauty, which, when seen as a suspended whole, awaken us to the source of all love, or what the writer and philosopher John O Donoghue once called the ‘primal affection.’
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh Printmakers
Media of outputOther
Size7 large digital prints and 15 varies sized prints/artists books
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • point of confluence
  • anomalous
  • liminal


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