Caroline Henry Art Blog
by Caroline , September 20, 2012—12:00 AM
I love the idea of joining visual art and literature in a show, so I wanted to enter the Visual Poetry show the minute I saw it on the L.H. Horton Gallery's list for the 2012-2013 year. The show opens on October 4 in Stockton, California, which has a lot more going for it than its bad press would imply, including this marvelous small gallery at San Joaquin Delta College which stages several national open juried shows each year.
I had played around with the idea of portraying my summer loves of favorite refreshments and reading matter several years ago and created a less than successful painting effort in watercolor. The idea was reawakened when this theme forced me to think more deeply about connecting art and literature. One of my favorite poems sprang to mind, Emily Dickinson's lines "There is no frigate like a book..." touches on that ability of literature to take one anywhere in any time period. This time I worked in watercolor plus pen and ink on heavy watercolor paper. I like the idea of using the ink, the medium that crosses between art and literature. In literature and in visual art the conversation and touching of human hearts and minds spans centuries. This link takes you to the page on my painting, and from there you can move to the show's home page and the other artists and works in the show. http://www.deltacollege.edu/div/finearts/dept/dca/gallery/exhibit2/artist11.html