All these women know that living in a place involves responsibility for it, though each expresses her commitment in a different way. They have chosen lives that are unforgivingly integrated with the land, that involves and intricate give and take expressed through daily routine, in collaboration with soil, weather and community. Lauren Shaw offers us a model for a modern life that does not have amnesia, that considers both yesterdays and tomorrows.

From: Figures in Landscape: essay by Lucy Lippard: Maine Women: Living on the Land


© Lauren Shaw 2005