Conversation with J

This was a collaborative project with poet James Midgley. We wanted to explore a dialogue between two mediums - to have an ekphrastic conversation of sorts - and see how the interaction of visual and poetic language might stimulate our practices. In the process, his poetry helped clarify my abstraction into a more narrative direction, while the emotional undertones of my painting drew him back to a more intuitive writing style. Underneath it all is our friendship of over ten years: in some ways, each "stage" of the conversation an act of holding up a mirror to each other as well as ourselves.