The 11 visual artists of ViVO Contemporary partner with 11 local poets for the gallery’s show “Giving Voice to Image 5,” which explores how visual artists and poets inspire each other.
The pairing of mixed media artist Nina Glaser with poet Stella Reed brings Glaser’s photograph/ stained glass mosaic “Paradise” together with Reed’s poem “Orphaned in Paradise.” In this partnership, Reed was inspired by Glaser’s colorful work of a child, in the role of Eve, sitting under an almost leafless tree with a snake in her arms and surrounded by apples.
“I told Stella about the history and symbolism of this piece before she started writing,” explains Glaser, who ended an almost 20 year career in black and white fine art photography and is focusing her artistic energy on combining photographs with vibrantly colored mosaics. “I saw her poem, and it’s really beautiful. She’s brought my artwork to life in her own way.”
For Reed, who publishes fiction, poetry and essays in magazines and anthologies throughout the U.S. and in Australia, Glaser’s mosaic brought up several unsettling questions that she addressed in her poem.
“We tend to think of Eve as full grown, emerging from Adam’s rib, a myth this piece deconstructs,” says Reed. “Here is a child alone. What does she dream of? How does she think she got here? I attempted to answer these questions in little Eve’s voice while exploring her relationship to the serpent.”
Among the other pairings in the show, which opens on March 15 and runs through May 16, are painter Gary Oakley with former Santa Fe poet laureate Valerie Martinez and steel sculptor Jeff Smith with poet Donald Levering.
Two readings by the poets take place at the gallery on April 7 and April 28.