One of my major interests is ekphrasis, the combing of text and image, artwork and creative writing. So, am further exploring ekphrasis with the establishment of this project.
I started a new personal project where I plan to use these drawings to serve as inspiration and reference for creative writing. I will explore imagination and fantasy through these images and observe how simple physical stimuli, namely black and white line-based drawings, can be so powerful in creating a new spatial concept.
The literary inspirations for this project are Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino and Library of Babel by Jose Luis Borges. I read Calvino’s work twice in my life. Once when I was 19ish and the other time when I was 22. Borges’ work is a first for me.
Next, I want to show these drawings to people and ask them to make associations. No particular reason. I look forward to seeing how others see.
Just as an individual can influence the environment and the environment reciprocates to influence the individual, the city influences the culture and the culture can influence the urban landscape of the city.
Sometimes there are restrictions or limitations that are unchangeable. Other times, natural elements (be they aspects of land or genetics, since we have a twofold analogy here) are mendable and within the sphere of influence.
So, as many may or may not know- Ekphrasis is a type of poem that describes a work of art. It’s a simple concept and technique, but it is very powerful.
By introducing the element of writing a predominantly visual can be perceived in a new light. Just by observing a work of art with the intention to write about it new observations and ideas will emerge.
Typically, writers and poets focus on a historic, external work of art produced in a distant epoch and by another fellow artist. A painting from the Louvre. A mosaic over the park. A grecian urn, perhaps.
However, what if we added a second facet to ekphrasis?
What is the poet took a leap of faith, created some of his own marks, and wrote about them?
The second level of ekphrasis wouldn’t be about writing about another artist’s work, but about one’s own.