Melding Poetry & Visual Art: Gaye Gambell-Peterson
I met Gaye Gambell-Peterson through a women's poetry group known as "Loosely Identified." She merges visual art with her poetry. Natually, I'm attracted to the creative connection between art forms. After I attended her passionately vivid exhibit at the University City Library, I asked her to talk to us about how she does that. Here is what Gaye says about the process of melding visual art and written word. --JGR
My process? Maybe it’s like a spider building its web. A mostly invisible yet super-strong thread, cast out into a void. A catch-hold to something and from there an intricate design spirals, wanders. It’s all magic. Edges. Empty spaces.
Or maybe it’s like my cat crawling under the comforter I keep draped on my sofa. First, a nosing-about followed by a hesitant entry. A sneeze. Then, complete commitment with its obligatory turning-around before the final settling.
For sure, my process of melding word and art is all pure play. Words line up. Images layer up. Either can be my invitation. Once I start, it’s one hand doing the one thing, the other hand the other. Back and forth, my imagination the link–the zigzagged thread, the warm spot.
Once a poem.art pair, or series, is done I am compelled to move them to a new life, beyond my personal satisfaction. So I read poems in public every chance I get (coming: 5/17/10 with Loosely Identified for River Styx Series at Duff’s). I exhibit the collage series. I do books and hawk them.
But always, I go back and forth between my poetry chair and my studio worktable. Make more.
Read a compelling conversation between Catherine Rakovic and Gaye on Catherine's blog The Confident Writer. (October 29, 2009)
Poet and artist Gaye Gambell-Peterson earned her art degree back in the sixties. Gaye received awards in painting, sculpture, and weaving. Her passion for poetry evolved in the nineties leading to more awards. In the 1990s she first put words on paintings, an acrylic series, “Portraits of Rocking Chairs”. Now it‘s a new century and Gaye makes poem.art: collage and poetry paired.
See her two chapbooks: pale leaf floating (Cherry Pie Press) and MYnd mAp (Agog Press). The second one has a full color illustration for each poem.
You can learn more about Gaye and her work at her website.
Read more about Pale Leaf Floating her first art + poetry book.
Her second book MYnd mAp.
check "older posts" on http://theconfidentwriter.blogspot.com (Oct. 29, '09)
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