On one of the first outings with my fiance (then friend) KC, we went to the SA art gallery to indulge in some ekphrasis.
Then one day before I packed all my belongings up and moved interstate we decided to do it again.
I tried to find the painting which inspired me but it seems the only way you will be able to see it is if you travel to see it in person.
Here is a showcase of some of his work.
Ekphrasis is a process which I find really inspiring. By looking at someone else’s art and turning that into my own interpretation and poetry is really fulfilling but each time I do it, I worry if I’ve done the art justice.
Maybe you can let me know in the comments below if I did or not.
In the crushing night
Salt waves mask salt tears
A glimmer of moon ribboned
On the blue black ocean surface
Can the light touch what lies beneath
Can the creatures, roaming lazily or frenzied alike feel the kiss of sight
Toe by toe a creature of the land
Skin glowing from the ribboned moon
Naked her body succumbs to the deep cold waves
The creatures below barely aware
She fully aware of what will be
What she sees is endless teeth
Glowing traps and the call to return to the sea
The land creature takes faith in her ancestral curse
Toes calves knees buttocks breasts shoulders and head
Submerged she breathed in the salty calm
Her tears lost in her surroundings
She is free
She is free
The landlocked mermaid queen