>> A Distance
"...When you know her from a distance, you know that she is safe and moving forward..."
An e-mail recieved after the request for biographies:
Some people appreciate the big picture and some appreciate the details. Then there are those who go beyond the details and dedicate themselves to the fragments. That's what Zoe does. When traveling to Barcelona, the first group will take a bus tour and be shown which vistas to take in. The second will find a place on the promenade and watch the mime artists smoking in their breaks.
Zoe took many shots of textures - a miscellaneous crumbly yellow surface, some smooth park-bench wood, a smudge of ambiguous graffiti. Then she showed the pictures to me with the eagerness of some macro-architectural paparazzi and, enthused, I went.
Hers is a different perspective. When I came to England, I knew some old friends and we went to pubs and it was fun. In the midst of them I met Zoe and remember two days walking Canterbury streets, watching poets, talking. From this short time, she stitched a map of our travels. Not metaphorically -she actually stitched this huge blue web of string recounting the events contained in a handful of days on a pillow case. That's amazing.
You send Zoe the name of a book you like and in three weeks she has met the author and they've chatted like old friends, even though he is Harmony Korine. Harmony Korine! Months go by without contact -we lead different lives on different sides of the world- and then she sends a letter and you are inspired to record on a dictaphone all your thoughts on life, or you think of her and she is traveling around Australia.
There is an element of magic to her, in the way that we view chance as magic, or luck as magic. When you know her from a distance, you know that she is safe and moving forward. That's probably my best synopsis of her.