I HAVE BEEN ATTENDING DRAWING AND PAINTING CLASSES twice a week at South Seattle CC since 2004. I learn not only from the instructor, who –has a keen eye and imparts a sense of discovery in each student– but all of the other students as well. It is a community rich with camaraderie and support. Returning students and first time students alike share a love of art, learning and creativity.
About ten years ago the Poetry, Art and Photography professors came up with the idea of an Art-Poetry exchange. In the first exchange, art and poetry students each submit a piece of art and a poem. Each poetry student receives a piece of art and creates a poetic response to that piece. The art student creates a work of art based on the received poem. The second exchange is the big reveal when students see the interpretation of their respective works. I look forward to this exchange of ideas. I find it exciting, stimulating, and challenging to interpret the ideas of another and I have a chance to create something I might not otherwise have thought of doing. (My responses are featured here.)
“Foundation” 2011 Acrylic on canvasFoundation by Kevin B. 2011 each tree stands on opposing edges of the plain gazing gazing and growing out worldly the field is nothing but dirt as their roots spread and from the branches fall nothing but dry arid twigs both seek the safe security that comes with greater land and each fight to muscle out the other eons pass as the roots meet in the center and drive forwarde in to opposing territory the roots tangle together onto one solid knotted mass of whtich fills the entirety of the dusty plain and strains into every last gap of soil this stress on the trees from underground draws all their force from above it pulls the branches back into the trunk which shatters the tree and buries its splinters the lifeless roots release their grasp on each other and lose their hold on the land the remnants fade into a fog up to the surface and press with ribbons into the open air eventually the ribbons will fade away but for now the field is green
“Babushaka” 2010 CollageBabushka by Jacoby M. 2010 An azure day I go for a long walk clouds sit packed like big stacks of meringue I listen to real old music and I listen to the new a meld of psychedleic angst dance from ear to ear crrash in the center of my mind kaleidoscope of notes never played before the fugue begins to splinter the cat wants to eat the dog has to pee something has to give She never sees me coming until I am alomost right next to her Babushka pirouettes up off the bench she grasps her chest shoulder raise hands clench in to fists her liquid brown eyes give way to solid black She stares at the dog as if she is in shgock and there is nothing I can do My warm smile it is not enough that you will be assured and so the dog and I walk quickly away Bubushka widow head covered in black trimmed in white like Chopin’s piano before it became kindling
on its fateful defenestration day.
“Jenny” 2009 Mixed Media Collage on Playing CardsJenny by Pedro 2009 We’ve gone through the good and bad. I’ve helped you when you were sad. We stayedup all through the NIGHT Till the sunwas super bright. We played our computer games. The next daywe played again. You opened up that door. You showed me there was a floor. We may be an ocean apart. You’re likefamilyyou’re in myheart. Days seem to disappear. You showed me there was a floor. Holy crap it’s been4 years? We laughed while we played board games. You always win and nothing’s changed. One day we’ll meet for real. I’ll greet you yesthat’s the deal.
The 2012 Art-Poetry exhibit opens January 5th at South Seattle CC.