2019-06-13 Community Voices: Poets Speak–Tonya M Foster

[Applause] really kind of astonishing here also elements in the really compelling and it's still trying to think through what it is about particularly their film knowledge of it that was so profoundly unsettling for me and I've been to be worked in years but something about was captured on what's framed in their families of me so I thought I would start with I'm creating very fun finished and as I mentioned I hope that this would be a conversation and maybe we can take a break I've been reading about coffee and wrong and and in part to get a sense of what we frame as the history of these objects because certainly you know there's the economic trip through the Quran the the way that bodies were broken and destroyed in harvesting sugar cane and the coffee trailer was what's happened now that Brazil is our largest importer but originally it was the terrific and of course coffee is I think Ethiopian at origins and so there's idea of things liquid in these things that we not only to begin but I mean for gold it's an object how what that's meant for a lot of us and so I'm still thinking about that I don't think that I've quite written it yet but these are the initial thoughts and I also read something called thinga fication which is a longer work that I'm still in the middle of working and a bit from a swarm of these in high court because that's also an acrostic exercise and symphonies and just coffee one sugar and gold so when the oh my god just that sense I think that I'm always unsettled and yeah I said okay there's nothing else I can do in this moment it's a Dennis it's a I've done this that I can do anything can you talk a little bit about the process of like art yeah right and you know it's about one-on-one I mean how do you have sort of that interactivity that's a great question you know I feel like a long time I talked few years I taught at the manual collection Taylor don't like and we would sit in front of a piece and but what I became really interested in and what obsesses me as I think the process of making like this means those sort of like the visual bladers in this piece are astonishing yeah it's rather than a description I had not interested in in my own acrostic work in writing a description of what I see and I'm not interested in sort of visual art that illustrates what I write I'm actually interested in them creating something that cannot exist without both image and text next to it and then it's something else that is not merely a summation I mean that for me what's I mean I feel like I'm still thinking about this exhibit and thinking about trying to see through smk if we're going to put coffee Roman sugar and gold together how do I understand them in terms of the triangular trade how do I understand of in terms of this kind of content or ailment and what these artists are doing that's a literary companion that's that can also live on itself so I have a common enemy nor my comment is that just listening to you read your words are very powerful I I wish that I could sit with them which is maybe not a Pharisee but I'd like to just sit with poetry and I'm curious if you could talk a little bit about the last piece that you're still working on and what you would do to it that we make you want to definitively call it a poem or whether you think it's going more in the direction of something else because it certainly has a cadence then a rhythm to is it C sounds like poetry I think because I've nominated pieces I've broken it into these small sort of sections and they're old and yet in terms of poetry it allows me to make loops and connections that I otherwise would feel compelled to do and so and I'm also interested in the music but I don't want to music that actually masked I'm writing of that and so it's also that's the worm to get to because this is about contemporary slang for a new and so what are the one of the forms it takes and this time living and life being transformed into a lady that can betray me so how not to how not to allow the piece to be transformed into it is also part of the part of the work I don't know I'm just going to say that thing for me I carried around for years this image which is from Max Ernie's painting call this one look the easily paddocks of justice and that's why I had a job matrix printer and I can't find the thing online at Lauren I had that thing and I was somehow stumped by that particular painting and so I would try to write poems I would like Alice is inspiring me and the poems failed repeatedly and they failed because I kept trying to do almost a description or something and tried to create a merit and that fell flat and so I began writing haiku sort of haiku their haiku ich lade ty ku ich mais OU and this is the image that sort of became for me in many ways and it's one day when did you need to use the noble savage and it became really kind of triggering to for I think the poetic imagination of this so it's collage [Applause] [Applause]

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