There’s no place like home – Gaston Bachelard

Nest and Shells – Digital Image by Vicki Weetman 2012

Nests and shells according to Bachelard are among the oldest and most familiar image symbols known to man .  The nest in its most basic structure represents our human instinct and endevor to construct and provide shelter for our own.  The shell by way of ancient mythology represents the human in its entirety as body and soul, the outer shell the physical flesh, and the inner mollusc the soul.  Both images are representative of the home either for the body or for the soul which is why I have combined them within a scene of domestic life, so central to Bachelard’s work.  Nest and Shells is both dreamy and nostalgic, criticisms made of Bachelard, but something for which I think we still yearn.


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