Roann Mathias, “Things a Poet Has to Say”

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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

Artist Statement:

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.