Imperceptible Changes

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Imperceptible Changes


Sam Woolcott

"Incremental changes happen all the time every where.

There is a flood control canal in our town and many house straddle the 'ditch' as it is called.  From below one sees the underpinnings of the houses.  I imagine them inched along by a pulley, ever so slowly, almost imperceptibly.  Then one day a new view.  When did this all happen?"


acrylic and pastel on canvas

36" x 36"

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In a theater, the proscenium is the vertical plane of space that separates the stage from the audience. It is called, metaphorically, The Fourth Wall.

The small town in which I live has many historic houses under renovation. With the owners permission, I occasionally set up a studio work space on site and draw along as the structures are transformed.

One day after all the workers had gone home, I sat in the shell of the house. The floor joists were exposed and the far exterior walls had been torn out. I was backstage now. The luminous space ahead beckoned. But the floorboards were gone and it would be a risky, if not perilous, crossing to the light, if I dared.

As an artist, I begin each day in a quiet, darkened backstage and then test my resolve to risk the crossing, to make my way through that metaphorical plane into the light.

This is The Proscenium Project.
— Sam Woolcott