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Jessamine Batario

is an art historian who lives in Maine. She is currently the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College.

Guest Critic

Portage Trails and Language, Walking and Communication

Intellectuals love to walk in the woods. They reach a clearing and their minds clear, becoming receptive to the ideas that sprout on trees. The clearing I wait for signals the proximity of the next lake. Tall trees in my peripheral vision give way to an expanse of the most transparent lake water I’ve ever seen. The portage ends, I cast off my pack, I sit again.

Pareidolia and Signifying the Insignificant

Pareidolia, or the perception of patterns in natural phenomena, can be lighthearted and imaginative.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2020

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