Edmund de Waal

I spent a lot of the day reading the new monograph about the work of Edmund de Waal with its long and informative text by Emma Crichton-Miller, half biography and half about the evolution of his ideas.   Edmund’s father told me to pay close attention to the picture of Edmund as a youth, presumably as a reminder that he is a child of the manse.   The book taught me a new word haecceity, as in ‘I’ve always been pulled between wanting to show in a Mies van der Rohe space and actually really wanting, or getting very interested in and exercised by, the sheer haecceity, or quiddity of places’ (haecceitas=thisness).   Anyway, it made me look again at, and appreciate, our single objects by him:

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