My artwork is becoming more and more about poetry. I’ve always loved words in art, probably the best reason I love making collage.
For a project in my poetic medicine certification, I am exploring the idea of silence, and how we use it to communicate, to heal, to express our deepest pain. I created a dozen alcohol-ink abstract landscapes, and printed phrases of my classmates poetry onto the landscapes. The snippets combine to form a poem of their own, about the power of silence.Samples are below, but not in order.
Next week, when we gather, I’m going to ask each person to read their poetry snippet, in an order I chose to create a new poem, with a dozen contributors. I’m hoping they’ll not only cooperate, but be pleased with the visual combining with the spoken word.
I’m enjoying the break in serious study for this project. I hope it goes over well.
—Quinn McDonald is a writer, a writing trainer, and studying to become a poetic medicine practitioner.