The German philosopher Martin Heidegger coined the term “Lichtung” (clearing), which is widely treated in the first chapter of his book Holzwege, or Wooden Paths. The term refers to those open luminous spots that reside within a forest’s darkness and the cross-section of paths that intersect it.
The piece is not about capturing light… it is about expanding it. It is also about using a sculptural object made out of light-reacting materials and a strong light beam (a projection) to create an immersive environment. The light beam goes through the sculpture where polarized acrylic pieces act as refractive surfaces, as multipliers for each beam of light and it’s refractions and reflections. The sculpture is a lens.
One could say that those clearings become cognitive places, where paths end but also begin, a threshold between being lost and being found, and can also be interpreted as places of self-recognition and self-awareness.