Caves, Icebergs, and Humanoid Landscapes: A Collaboration With Rebecca Chaperon

October 15, 2014 6:52 PM

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Caves, Icebergs, and Humanoid Landscapes: A Collaboration With Rebecca Chaperon

As a poet, I value and adore working with visual artists; collaborating across genre and medium often provides an instant jolt of inspiration. In my writing practice, I often write poems that have been sparked by an image. Last summer, I came across Rebecca Chaperon's work, and was stunned by its weird beauty. I wrote a poem inspired by one of her paintings, and she and I kept in touch, discussing our work. I'm thrilled to share with you a new collaboration that she and I have worked on, a pairing of poems and text that will appear in her new exhibit, Eccentric Gardens.

In Chaperon's paintings, the natural world becomes supernatural, hyperalive. There are glowing trees, dark caves, disembodied arms reaching out to feel the cold air, luminous pyramids from which rainbows spill. It's a bizarre place that Chaperon paints, but it's also benevolent. Her work simultaneou...

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