I'm collaborating with the Melhop Gallery to offer a new art-based workshop. Ekphrasis comes from the definition “Description” in Greek. Traditionally, an ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the writer may amplify and expand its meaning.Poems and writing in any genre can be informed by visual art, architecture, film, music, and live performance.
“It is as if there is a circuit or feedback loop between the poem—the
poem as act of composition, revision, and/or construction—and the art
object. … So that when one composes they may be aware of many layers of
meditation between themselves and some communion with the work of art.” –
Thom Donovan, Harriet Blog
Join us at the Melhop Gallery in Zephyr Cove on the evening of June 22nd, a Wednesday, to explore the exhibit and to let the art be your guide for new writing!
The gallery is a woman-owned business with a mission to introduce and support practicing artists who are creating art with ethical and conceptual substance. The gallery works with architects and designers helping collectors refine their art collections while helping to build a thriving arts community in Nevada and nearby California.
In addition to exhibiting solo exhibitions of represented artists, Melhop Gallery also exhibits curated group exhibitions that include invited artists as well as those represented.
The gallery is open by appointment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or keep an eye on social media @melhopgallery7077 and website www.melhopgallery.com for open days.
Here's some approaches to discovering how art can guide your own writing:
- Your writing can be about or for the art as an object
- Your writing can engage with the art or a character within the art
- Your writing can embody the process of the art
- Your writing can help you understand or see in a way you haven't seen before
- Your writing can reflect upon the moment of encounter with the art
- Your writing can contemplate the materials of the art object
- Your writing can imagine what extends beyond the borders of the art
Finally, Tangled Roots Writing is in person in downtown Truckee for playful Monday night creative writing workshop pop ups continuing with four workshops over this summer. These are welcoming generative writing sessions with tea and chocolate in my living room and garden when the weather cooperates.
Do you have a book length writing project or manuscript (novel or memoir) that you want to revise for publication? Join the Master Revision Workshop meeting monthly on Zoom beginning again in September after our summer break.
Please read my blog for more information on the latest workshops with Tangled Roots Writing, or call me at 530-386-3901 to brainstorm about your writing goals. I would love to help you reach them.