22 Feb 2020 14:00 - 16:00 Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT


Beating Time – A Conversation Between Painting and Poetry

An exhibition by Sandra Beccarelli, Miranda Boulton, Alison Critchlow and Una d’Aragona

The artists will speak about their exhibition Beating Time

The exhibition runs from 17 January – 22 February 2020 and is open weekdays from 09:00 – 19:00

This exhibition proposes resonance across art forms and sets up a dialogue between painters, poets, viewers and readers. The paintings on show are inspired by separate enquiries into poetry, they talk to each other, like the flow of words on a page they investigate thoughts and ideas, concepts which are on the edge of conscious thought … all those things that are tricky to voice, hard to define and which words cannot easily express. The language of paint is employed to discuss and interpret the work of poets.

The visual conversation these painters set up is an open one; it can be entered into on many levels. Echoes and rhythms from across the centuries sit side by side. A repeating beat keeps time while time, flow and movement keeps us travelling from then to now and back again, from the natural world to the internal landscape, conduits of feeling and dialogue occur. The narratives of ancient mythology with squabbling Gods, wars, love and grief play out with contemporary voices, mingling with the meters of modern text.

It is based on the premise that poetry and painting meet at the edges of territories and share a hinterland area of similarity. The poet uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language and the painter a visual language to evoke, allude and reveal meanings and suggestions. The position of viewer or reader brings their own interpretations and understanding of the work. It is as though we understand more fully, perhaps in all our senses, when a thing is alluded to and a little bit hidden.

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