"Language of Landscape" was inspired by the book "Spell of the Sensuous" by David Abram. The book's central theme is about learning to recognize how we participate in our existence on a precognitive level, ie. before our mind kicks in and starts trying to define, describe and categorize whatever it is we're experiencing at the moment. Abram suggests that this is done by being more responsive to our senses and learning to recognize that the physical world has a way of communicating that is direct and yet non-rational. The senses have their own logic and language. In this context, the title of this piece refers not only to a beautiful vista in the countryside but also to whatever physical environment, room or culture we surround ourselves with - and whether or not we are able to communicate in that language. For the purposes of this piece then, I am working with the landscape of the church sanctuary itself as a means of communication.

"Tired of all who come with words, words but no language
I went to the snow-covered island.
The wild does not have words.
The unwritten pages spread themselves out in all directions!
I come across the marks of roe-deer hooves in the snow.
Language, but no words."

Tomas Tranströmer