Creativity inspires creativity. Last night I was chatting with an artist and friend about conversations between pieces of art and pieces of music, poetry etc. Responses create further responses, layering ideas and ways of seeing whilst also peeling back layers. This is no new thing; artist enclaves have always been en vogue and perhaps often vital for mental and material well-being. Responses to art have also crossed decades and centuries; a book becoming a play, a play becoming a film, a film inspiring a song, a poem inspired by horticultural delights, a masterpiece representing an architectural spectacule, a fashion house inspired by painter’s palette or cinematic love affair.
And so today I crafted this poem in response to a piece Sarah Jane Terry created, entitled ‘Dreaming of Paint’. I won’t add a description of the piece or defile it with a snapshot but leave my poem open, as the art it responds to is, to interpretation.
Communication as art, art as communication. This is a conversation where, arguably, only the poet needs words.