Figures tell us how to think about the space; they are dreamlike narrators with unsearchable identities. We’re not able to examine them closely, but we are able to stand beside them and take in the landscape from their point of view.
Guiding us through unfamiliar territory, figures give us permission to experience emotions. They tell us it’s okay to feel lonely here, or you can go ahead and resurrect that memory, because I’m there too. Once we begin looking at subjects this way, even animals or objects can become our guides. We may only come this close to them, but they will take us further in.