Word and Image
August 16, 2009 § 3 Comments
Hi Prof. Fox,
I’ve attached the visual poem from Peter and I.
The details (like use of red) nice.
The poem reads well in straightforward (non-pictorial) form, so I was wondering if you changed/edited after you started working on the pictorial part, or whether that somehow determined the concept or execution of it?
We went back and forth between considering the visual form of the poem and the poem itself. We started with the form and we wanted a strong, simple shape. Peter thought of the spider and using Alexie/his poems as the subject. Then, the poem came together by itself before it was considered how it would be executed visually. I thought it was important to have poem that could stand alone; that it could be understood in non-pictorial form. Finally, it was a matter of applying the words to the shape of a black widow spider. There was thought given to readability – beginning the poem at the head, followed by the body, ending at the legs and breaking the lines in a way that wasn’t too disruptive (i.e. while some lines were broken at the joints, each leg represents a whole line).
I think if you created a series of these, you could try replicating this way (the steps, having a concept or “stand alone” first). Possibly depending on the concept or method of collaboration you could try different steps too.
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