Roann Mathias, “Things a Poet Has to Say”
Artist: Roann Mathias (Cordova, TN)
Title: Things a Poet Has to Say (2011)
Medium/technique(s): Papers: Arches Text Wove, Strathmore Black; Writing fluids: Sumi Ink, Winsor Newton gouache; Misc: Ink jet transfers, metal nibs, Bamboo brushes
Number of pages: 32
Dimensions, open: 4 1/2″ x 11″ x 1/2 in
Dimensions, closed: 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ in
I have always been fascinated by the rhythm of words in various forms. Phrases, lyrics and poetry offer an abundance of inspiration for me. I am motivated by the challenge of abstracting these words and re-creating them into another art form. I mine my own artistic history by reusing scraps of old calligraphic pieces of art and background washes, using these things to create something new from something old. I work intuitively, creating a dialogue between the history of my own lettered fragments and the fluidity and the opacity of the paint. Drawing from Abstract Expressionism I attempt to achieve a balance between painterly gesture and the physicality of a pasted collage fragment.