Thursday, February 11, 2010

Visual Poetry

Japanese book cover, weathered and worn

And it was at that age--
Poetry arrived in search of me....
Pablo Neruda, Poetry


"Words begin as description. They are prismatic, vehicles of hidden, deeper shades of thought." Susan Brind Morrow, THE NAME OF THINGS
Ellen Meloy, artist-naturalist wrote such beautiful prose in her luminous mix of memoir and natural history, THE ANTHOLOGY OF TURQUOISE: Meditations on Landscape, Art and Spirit. As you read her words, visions of landscapes rich with light, shade, textures and colors spark your imagination.


"Art can be much more than eye candy. By appealing to the senses, one can evoke a deeper response--one that is memorable and lasting." Lisa L. Cyr, ART REVOLUTION

One such artist who seems to go deeper, to a more poetic place is Linda, from Quebec. Her imagery, like poetry, seems to peel away the layers to reveal a simpler, more elemental, yet more mysterious human connection. You can find her blog here, and more of her luminous imagery at Les Brumes flickr page here. (The above 3 images and the one below are from
her Flickr stream, with permission.)

...I don't know where it came from,
From winter or a river.
I don't know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not words,
nor silence...and it touched me. Pablo Neruda, Poetry

Another artist who speaks to me as non-verbal visual poetry is Lissa Hunter. You can find her book, LISSA HUNTER: Histories Real and Imagined by Abby Johnston at Amazon.com. You can find more of her beautiful poetic works here. (The following 3 images are from Lissa's website, with permission).

"Lissa makes visible the architecture of an internal universe, revealing the corners, the doorways, the attics where our histories accumulate." Abby Johnston



"I came to feel that an artist is doing most when he is projecting his own humaness and doing this with utmost intimacy, candor and precision." Elmer Bischof

26 comments:

Trudi Sissons said...

Hi Donna - I love Pablo Neruda's "Poetry" - I know it off by heart. Laurie Doctor initially recited it at a workshop I took with her last summer. Thanks for your beautiful thoughts and images.

jill Zaheer said...

Beautiful and poetic post. Your imagery and pictures shown connect to my inner spirit! It's a quiet touching language all it's own.

Margaret Ryall said...

Beautiful in every way. Your posts always send me outward and inward. That's special.

neva gagliano said...

"It is well at certain hours of the day and night, to look closely at the world of objects at rest." Neruda.

it is well at this late hour to look deeply into these images and quotations here before me from you. neva

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Dear Donna,

I know of Linda's work and recently Ian and I had a discussion about her work.

Lissa Hunter on the other hand I recall coming across some time ago and I am glad to now have a link to her website and blog.

Collecting stones and liking the kind of painting Lissa does, her work speaks to me and I feel there is a connection.

Your selection of quotes are beautiful.

Thank you for sharing
Egmont

ArtPropelled said...

Just one long sigh of contentment. It feels like "coming home" when I visit your new blog posts, Donna. Linda's work has such an effect on me. I can't quite put my finger on it but I feel mixed emotions of sadness, understanding and nostalgia. Pablo Neruda's words...."I don't know how or when ..... and it touched me".... so beautiful.

(Word verification hearto)

Marie-Aimée said...

thanks for this beautiful post

Jo Archer said...

Another lovely and thought provoking post Donna. I'm already a big fan of Linda's photography; it's beautiful.
Congratulations on your interview with Alicia too. Your work is just stunning!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Thanks for the introductions. -j

Kathy said...

Thank you for posting these beautiful meditative images and words. It's transporting.

iNdi@ said...

beautiful words
beautiful images
as ever

La Dolce Vita said...

wonderful post and great links and I am familiar with Lissa's work, just beautiful, and thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Captivated by Linda's imagery...thank you. Enthralled by Pablo Neruda words and always so pleased to be HERE.

Deborah said...

So many lovely thoughts.

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

This post, these words, these images...bliss!

Seth said...

Your choice of images here is so inspired. And the first shot of the book cover is undeniably beautiful.

Uschi said...

Donna, thank you very very much for leading me here to your blog. It is one visual and mental feast to walk around here! I LOVE all these stones "laying around" here, the representants of a much slower and "deeper" life!

Ange said...

"How do you 'understand' a bird in flight?" I think that's the key to it all. Thank you for sharing this very talented artist who I hadn't yet heard of...

Coffee Messiah said...

I recently read on a conservation list, about a conservator who had been working on Nerudas library of books and how brittle they had become.

Sometimes, found objects show more history than can be explained.

Nice introductions BTW!

vineeta said...

I loved the last quote. Lissa Hunter's work I am familiar with, but Linda's haunting work I'm seeing here for the 1st time & thank you for sharing her. I absolutely loved the last quote in your post filled with gems. I think it takes a lot of courage to make art like that.

Marie said...

The Pablo Neruda poem is one of my all time favorites & it is perfectly applied here to the visual poetry of the photos you posted. Lisa Cyr is a masterful photographer...her photos are elegant and haunting at once. Thanks for a great post.

Poetic Artist said...

Thank you for such a nice comforting post. A time to enjoy and relax.
Katelen

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

I love this poetic post.
I am so glad that you stopped by so I had the chance to see your amazing blog!!..and thanks for following Cut and Dry :)
I am your newest follower!
Have a great Sunday!
Betty x

jgy said...

'The Anthology of Turquoise', what a beautiful name ...

San said...

This Lissa is on to something. Thanks for being on to her, and sharing these rich images, and those of Ellen and Linda. So much beneath the surface in all of these...

Teri said...

Dear Donna--I don't know what is happening with my Blogger thing. I know I posted something here one day because I remember your quote about Elmer Bischoff and my commenting about him living in Sacramento at one time. But, oh well. I will try again. You blog is so wonderful! I love seeing these artists (especially the ones with stones in their work) that I have never seen before. I love doing stuff with stones too. So many of us have that connection to stones and mossy things, rusty objects, etc. I wonder what that is and why? Is it because we all appreciate good stuff? I especially love your collections. Did I tell you that I ordered that book you told me about from Anthropologie and it is still on BO? Darn! I really want to be looking at it. Thank you again for the lead on it. It will be here eventually.