Wabi-Sabi & Ekphrastic Poetry: 24 Works of Art and 24 Poems.
August 23 - September 21
Twelve artists and twelve poets were randomly paired. With the theme of “wabi-sabi,”
each artist submitted a work of art, and each poet submitted a poem. Without knowing
the identity of the artist or poet with whom they were paired, each submitted a second
work of art or a second poem in response to the first piece submitted. In the end, we have
24 poems and 24 works of art. The second poems are in response to the first works of art
and the second works of art are in response to the first poems.
Wabi–sabi means impermanent, imperfect and incomplete. The word comes
from two separate words. Wabi is beauty that emerges from just the right
kind of imperfection, such as asymmetry in handmade versus machine-made
objects. Sabi is beauty that radiates from the wear-and-tear of age and from repair.
Ekphrastic poetry can be defined as poems written about works of art with vivid detail
and usually including an exploration of how the speaker is impacted by his or her
experience with the work.
The Artists: Paul Andresini, Storrs Bishop, Betsy Hall, Joe Fay, Cristina Marian, Kateri
Nelson, Kay Potter, Rachel Rhoden, Tandy Riddle, Aaron Schuerr, Marilyn Tain, Joe
The Poets: Rick Bass, Marc Beaudin, Dalton Brink, David Caserio, Michael Earl Craig,
Molly Damm, Kelly Dick, Ariety Fried, Tami Haaland, Max Hjortsberg, Allen Jones,
Artist Reception: 5:30 pm - 8 pm on the night of the art walk, August 23 rd . The exhibit
will remain up until September 21st.