Visual poetry or vispo for short is something that I got introduced to when I started to explore the different ways that I could include my poetry into my artwork. The more I explored this movement, the more I fell in love with it. I have a very close connection with poetry (this is something that I will write about soon as I believe it is relevant to this project). Due to this, it was a very significant discovery when I found an art movement that combines these 2 disciplines.
This my series of vispo that I have produced largely inspired by my research and communication with Sonja Ahlers:
The piece above is a development of my audio piece, time, into a visual poetry, while also linking to my essay on immortality. This is because I think time, and our opinions on time and the power that it has over us, is usually based on people’s reaction to our mortality. The reason why a lot of people obsess over time is because they are terrified of not having lived a ‘complete’ life, and people’s fear of death. This is a natural survival instinct, I understand. If people wanted to die all the time the human race would die out pretty quickly. And if you have a survival instinct and want to live, then you have more time to reproduce, therefore, our need to survive is ingrained in us. However, the more you look at time as a concept, and the amount of power that it has over us because of people’s paranoia of death, the more ridiculous it seems. Since, time is something that we have no influence over, and life is so random that you never know when you are going to die, then that paranoia seems to be a total waste of time and energy. As it doesn’t matter how much you worry, it won’t affect the outcome at all. In addition, when you are dead, you don’t exist anymore, there will be no “you” left to regret all of the things that you haven’t done. Instead we should turn this whole concept on it’s head and wonder: “Does the fact that we have a limited time give us purpose?” And that is what this piece is about.
This is a continuation on the same theme, looking at existence and time, and presenting it through language.
IDEAS FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT
Print these on acetate and screen print them
Continue to work into them, making them more layered
Use them for layering in videos
Continue working with the text and rework the images