Artist Statement

 

My poetry uses contranyms (words containing their own contradiction) to provide tension, as in the optical illusion of Rubin’s vase,  (profiles of two faces.) 

The lettering is laid out on a grid so that each character occupies a square, with each letter left aligned without line spacing. This produces a textual grid that looks like hieroglyphics: this is a meaningful reference since hieroglyphics are studied to learn about the cultures that produced them, and I use poetry to deconstruct our culture.(Sometimes the text is laid out in a mirror image, with a nod to Leonardo da Vinci.)

 

portrait of peter in studio
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I am interested in language, identity and belief systems. I explore layers of meaning through hand-drawn images combined with structured poems to communicate aspects of the human condition which go, by and large, unexamined.