L'École Marchutz

Seminar: Landscape and Nature

UncategorizedMarchutz Fellow

"I think of two landscapes - one outside the self, the other within. The external landscape is the one we see - not only the line and color of the land and its shading at different times of the day, but also its plants and animals in season, its weather, its geology, the record of its climate and evolution...The second landscape I think of is an interior one, a kind of projection within a person of a part of the exterior landscape...the speculations, intuitions, and formal ideas we refer to as 'mind' are a set of relationships...with purpose and order; some of these are obvious, many impenetrably subtle. The shape and character of these relationships in a person's thinking, I believe, are deeply influenced by where on this earth one goes, what one touches, the patterns one observes in nature - the intricate nature of one's life in the land...The interior landscape responds to the character and subtlety of an exterior landscape; the shape of the individual mind is affected by land as it is by genes...A story draws on relationships in the exterior landscape and projects them onto the interior landscape. The purpose of storytelling is to achieve harmony between the two landscapes, to use all the elements of story - syntax, mood, figures of speech - in a harmonious way to reproduce the harmony of the land in the individual's interior."    -Barry Lopez

Can one who is not harmonious with nature produce a landscape with imagination?