Visions Verses Voices - An Immersive Installation: Sliver Paintings & Verses I
Visions Verses Voices is an on- going immersive exhibition of paintings accompanied with poems that expands my love of verse in communication with my visual imagery. As presented at the Delaplaine Art Center in Frederick, MD, twenty-five poems were featured read by various people: professionals such as, Tom Hall, program host, WYPR, singers, amateur actors and just interested individuals who put in the time to be coached. Their readings were played from speakers in continuous loops, strategically placed throughout the gallery. All of the readers share an interest, even love, for the verse they read, which, I believe is conveyed through their unique voices. My purpose in creating this immersive exhibition is to demonstrate the interrelationship of verse and painting by encouraging the viewer/listener to experience the voices of the readers while viewing my paintings. The simultaneous experience makes for an enhanced appreciation of the poems and paintings.
The various readers’ tempos, cadences and unique rhythms add to the visual experience by challenging the viewer to see relationships and dissonance. The poetry readers selected poems that resonated with them so that multiple readers read some poems. Poems can be long stories conveying a sense of place and time with anecdotes. Others are shorter imagist works.
I endeavored to interpret expressively the gestalt of a poem with color, scale, and idiosyncratic images. The soundtracks are artworks too, blending music and other sounds with the verses to introduce a mood of harmony or contrast with the verse or vision. Additionally, the viewer/listener is able to access each audio from the exhibition's website
Each painting image is followed by its recited relevant poem and soundscapes.
The poems are by Janet Lewis (1899-1998) from Poems Old and New 1918-1978, Maj Ragain, (1948-2018), Clouds Pile Up in the North: New & Selected Poems, Tim Joyce, Stone Mad: 2009 and the famous WWI poem, Dolce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen and The Solace of Artemis by Paula Meechan.