Talk: Saturday, February 29 from 1pm to 3pm
Attendees join Vorlicek for an interactive gallery talk and a user-friendly poetry writing exercise. Participants will connect to Vorilcek’s work through writing *ekphrastic poetry, and drawing inspiration from intuition, observation and conversation.
Please Bring Pen or Pencil!
* What is ekphrasic poetry?
The creation of original poetry and prose in response to works of visual art, known as Ekphrastic writing, is a writing exercise originating in ancient Greece.
Schoolboys were assigned composition exercises in which they were challenged to describe painting and architecture in vivid detail. Familiar examples are poems such as John Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn” (1819) or W. H. Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” (1938). Ekphrastic writing has enjoyed a revival among contemporary authors in recent decades.
Notably ceramicist and sculptor Elizabeth Vorlicek pledged to stay connected to her studio practice and her life as an artist by producing a collage a day for a year. This collection of collages in the passage gallery highlighting flowers and other symbols of growth were produced in that year.
“In my paper collages, I work intuitively, in much the same way that I do with my clay work. I have always been drawn to the process of taking un-related items and combining them together to form a whole: a structure and system. I tap in to the world of trompe l’oeil in the work and remain profoundly compelled by the way that I can depict mundane and ephemeral objects like crinkled paper and folded cloth in clay; essentially recording transient moments in time. ”
Check the website for directions: https://www.nvcc.edu/schlesingercenter/
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA.