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Issue

XIV

Substratum

Inspired by Clarice Lispector

“It’s so curious and hard now to substitute for the paintbrush that strangely familiar but always remote thing, the word. Extreme and intimate beauty is contained within it. But it’s unreachable–and when it’s within reach, behold, it’s illusory because it continues being unreachable. From my painting and from these jammed-together words there arises a silence that is also like the eyes’ substratum. There’s a thing that always escapes me. When it doesn’t escape I gain a certainty: life is other. It’s a mode of underlying.”

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