Poet at Play 4: Writing inspired by Art

QAGOMA/ Sonja Carmichael

At the moment I am working on something special: writing inspired by art for QAGOMA. Later on this year my writing will go in display in the gallery alongside the art works.

The process so far has included exploring the art in the Australian Collection of the gallery and absorbing the atmosphere the art is displayed in and finding out the parameters of the project from the Engagement staff.

I am hoping to use some of my writing for children background in the works, and considering the way a narrative might weave stories out of the art works as well as employing poetic techniques in my response work.

As part of this journey I have been researching the works, their artists, and  the intentions and materials of the artists.  This is easy to do via the captions with the work, and the website of the QAGOMA which is packed with information, and sometimes includes things like video interviews with the artists.

That’s all I can say for now but will let you know when the writing will be on display and would love to know who has seen it and what their responses are.

I am very excited to be part of a project were different art forms inspire each other.

Below are some of the things inspiring me so far –  but for the rest you will have to wait.  I have written a first draft of a number of pieces, and now I am planning a return trip to the gallery.

 

Michael Stevenson and Tipoti works
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Variety of Works, including Koolmatrie’s Hot Air Balloon

If you have ever been to an art gallery for inspiration for your writing do let me know. 

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