Margaret Ann Withers :: Curious Landscapes

My latest series, Fragments, began by finding inspiration in reading the fragmented poetry of the Ancient Greek poet Sappho.  Then for fun, I took her poetry and utilizing the N+7 technique from Oulipo, a French literary group, I reworked Sappho’s text by substituting each of the poem's nouns with the noun appearing seven nouns away in the dictionary, I then fragment it further by reorganizing the text. This new text then informs and inspires each new painting in this series as I play with the idea of fragmenting my iconography and style in a similar N+7 process, for example, my telephone poles become exploding bars and my houses melt back into the imploding landscapes.

manyskilled gold anklebone cups
flashe paint, gouache and ink on paper

manyskilled gold anklebone cups
golliwog cuppas
goodbye anklebone curator
manyskilled goody-goody curfews