I made this sketch during Monday's phone tutorial when Catherine Dormer told me that my writing was rhizomatic (like a root that sends up many shoots) as opposed to arboreal (like a tree, logical with a single strong trunk). She said it was a compliment. I'm working on the theoretical section of my dissertation this week, trying to make sure I don't lose my focus and have been using my wall to organize the various shoots. Catherine told me I needed to back up my ideas with psychoanalysis, phenomenology and some feminine writing. New writers for me are Juhani Pallasmaa, Melanie Klein, Helene Cixous and Luce Irigaray. I have not read Freud, Jung, Lacan and Merleau Ponty in their original texts....yet. The beautiful writing that follows is from the prologue of To Be Two by Luce Irigaray.
you who house me but with whom I share,
you who are fecund with so many children, who do not resemble one another,
you who grow without respite, both in secret and in the light,
you who bear seed, flower and fruit,
you who never cease to repair life,
you who at every time of the year work for the becoming of the living,
you who are still lavish with sun when the frost comes,
safeguard me, faithful one.