I was introduced to the work of Tyler Knott Gregson about a year ago from my friend, Mel. He is a contemporary poet whose words become an image in my mind. You can find Mr. Gregson's work here.
The art journal entry you see above is my latest. Of course the first thoughts I had after reading the poem was the joy and anticipation of sipping that first cup of coffee. I started this piece in sepia tones but I actually kept seeing the colors purple and yellow. So I had to add them. This is the first time I had colors insisting they be used. Perhaps I'm losing it if I'm having a conversation in my mind with colors.
Adding purple was easy, it's a striking background. But yellow? So I just went with easy. Used a bubble wrap to crest simple flowers.
This is a piece I did months ago. I saw the poem on Mel's timeline on Facebook and immediately fell in love. And I saw a basic image of a woman's face with gold cracks. I had done two of my Woman of Wisdom series already by then so the hair was influenced by that. I usually like to write the words out by hand, but for this one, I did it digitally.
This is also a piece I showed publicly at out Temple art show. Here's what I wrote about this piece for the show.
This piece was inspired by a quote from Tyler Knott Gregson and a Japanese art of mending broken pottery called Kintsukuori.
Some days I wake up
and all I feel
are the fractures
in the flesh
the only me
I've ever known.
it's those exact
that let the light
that found enough beauty
in the cracks
Kintsukuori is a process by which gold or silver lacquer is used to repair broken pottery with the belief that the piece is more beautiful for being broken.
Many of us are broken, put together with love and understanding. And we are all beautiful for surviving.
Do you have a favorite poem or a poet?