The Light Ekphrastic, online, May 2020
This was a really fun project. Ms. Jenny O'Grady at TLE paired me with Mario Loprete, an Italian artist. Loprete sent me some of his work, I sent him some of mine, and then we both created something new. Here's my comment on my method:
"Oil on Concrete" is a response to Mario Loprete's series, The NUMA Crew, a series of oil-on-concrete portraits. For me the tension between the portrait (in oil) and the frame (scrolled concrete) was palpable. I liked thinking about the people in the portraits and how the tension between the oil and the concrete mattered to how the people themselves were both malleable and rigid, changeable and solid. I ended up reading about how to paint on concrete, concrete expansion ratios, and reflecting on a lot of my childhood friends who seemed echoed in several of the portraits. In the end, I hope the poem is an image of the portrait series and a comment on how all of us are in a state of static flux: we can change, but maybe don't want to, we're brittle and scared, but looking to hold ourselves together. I thought that oil and concrete would make for a good metaphor for both the portrait series and for people generally.
Working with Loprete and O'Grady was very cool. The issue can be found here.
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