Lacuna, 2018

Lacuna 2018 by Birthe Piontek, has moved on and yet remains in my memory and in my photo files under Public Art that I have experienced.

Over the past months, every time I walked by the Skytrain station at the corner of Broadway and Cambie, I slowed down to see the detail in the photography of Birthe Piontek. Her thoughts that “the body never seems to be whole or complete, since it is subject to constant change and the processes of aging” resonated. We are in the process of arriving, with the past moving quickly on and the future enticing us with the promise of more.

Everyone views art differently, creating marvelous layers of complexity that bestow depth and breadth to the overarching story of humanity.

In Lacuna (2018), Birthe Piontek investigates how photography and the human body are connected, with a special interest in the female body and its representation in our society. “Lacuna,” a Latin word, means an unfilled space, gap, or cavity, especially in bone. Piontek is interested in the fact that neither image nor body can ever represent a totality: the image always shows only a part and so does the body, as it conceals the thoughts and the inner life of its individual. The body never seems to be whole or complete, since it is subject to constant change and the processes of aging.

Birthe Piontek
Public Art installation at Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station

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Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

7 thoughts on “Lacuna, 2018

    1. I am learning how to create short vignettes to reflect the moment of walking by an art work. I watch people walk passed public art – fascinating to see how we interact with art when it comes to the “street where we live.” I found a great place for music – Epidemic Sound! Great artists working together. We are all involved in a huge art project and we are the collective artist. And that gives me great comfort.

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    1. I do too. The artist brought out the feeling of that time with elegant simplicity. I was very young during the early 1960’s but I remember that people dressed up to do simple things such as shopping or visiting neighbors. And to meet people at the airport was to bring out our “Sunday best.” Families didn’t have the huge wardrobes that come with the fast fashion we have today, but they took pride in the clothes they had and ensured that they were kept in good condition. Mending instead of discarding. Interesting times to consider.


    1. I was reminded of the 1960’s advertising and marketing strategies. Glamorous women in the kitchen. I never could figure out how to look glam over a hot kitchen stove.


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