• Kirsten Johnston

Shared history

Shared history is what makes it possible to take up a conversation with a person after ten, twenty, thirty years as if no time has passed at all. It is a precious thing.

So I got thinking. Perhaps it is possible to establish the merest of shared histories with a viewer as they look at a painting – something that both parties feel and take away with them. Does that act of creativity and that act of looking at a work inspire the glimmer of a bond that will last? Perhaps there will never be a conversation. Even more unlikely is a face-to-face meeting. But is there a momentary connection, a shared communication for just a short time, that will endure in the memory?

Until later,



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