An ethical line To draw a line. A simple line can identify both home and trespasser. Political lines describe differences, places of meeting: here and there, you and me, us and them. Natural lines are always clear, but changing. Shoreline, treeline, river, snake, stick, shadow. “Snakeroot”, 6×6″, graphite and acrylic on paper, 1999. Sold Lines can protect the sacred, the private, the personal from the public. Open, traveling lines explore, closed ones separate, keep safe. Implied lines blur understanding, strong ones describe structure. Like ladders, scaffolding. An ethical line supports both the one and the other. If drawn with clear intention, such a line can offer a way through conflict to respect, reconciliation. A good, quiet line, both firm and generous. Provocatively simple.