The Clearing in the Forest
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The concept of the forest is commonplace in European culture, like the garden or paradise. In the overall analysis of the intellectual appropriation of nature that creates the idea of landscape, it plays a very important role. Its symbolic complexity has been analysed by Eduardo Cirlot in relation to motherhood and femininity. The forest is a place of abundance and of darkness. Jung analyses it in relation to childhood fear of the dangers of the unconscious, which appears in many European narrative traditions. The forest is the opposite to the safety of the home and the inhabited; it is full of surprises and strange apparitions. In contrast to the dark, close and mysterious forest, the idea of an illuminated area, a “clearing”, represents the light we need when we go into the unknown, to understand our position, to assess the dangers. Light also enables rest and reflection. Away from the city, away from obligations and social norms, it is a mysterious place of fantasy. This is the idea of the forest clearing that I have chosen as the theme for an exhibition of the work of six artists linked, by birth or residency, with the Spanish region of Cantabria, whose characteristic landscape is the Atlantic forest. The work of these six artists is presided over by formal interests, but it is imbued with universal aspirations of signification. Their pieces capture the light of a typically artistic intelligence and seek to express a personal relationship with nature. Full of references to plant life, they appropriate the power of contemplating nature.