The House is Possibility

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Perceptual Painters 5

Study of Home I
Charles Ritchie, Watercolor and graphite on Fabriano paper

I dwell in Possibility — (466)

I dwell in Possibility —
A fairer House than Prose —
More than numerous of Windows —
Superior — for Doors —

Of Chambers as the Cedars —
Impregnable of eye —
And for an everlasting Roof —
The Gambrels of the Sky —

Of Visitors — the fairest —
For Occupation — This —
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise —

by Emily Dickinson


The self becomes the house, and the house is possibility, responding to the world as it happens. Dickinson’s house involves both the world within and without her “Paradise.” Roof and sky are interchangeable, open and closed in the same breath. Th chambers, as cedars, are permeable but difficult to see through. There is an implication of moving within the space of the self. I use this imagery, particularly in the reflection pieces where interior moves out and exterior moves in. — Charles Ritchie, Conversation with the Artist in his Studio


Holly Huey – St. John’s College student

Photo credit: Charles Ritchie (American, b. 1954), Study for Home I, 2013-2014. Watercolor and graphite on Fabriano paper.