Investigating Art and the Evocation of Ekphrastic Poetry
Lori Roper guides a writing workshop in conversation with the artwork of Amanda Thackray: May 22 @ 6pm
Free and open to everyone! Zoom link provided after registration.
Playwright, screenwriter, essayist, poet, teaching artist and producer Lori Roper will lead viewers live through the process of creating ekphrastic prose. Ekphrastic compositions are lines created in response to visual artworks, and Roper chose as her point of inspirational departure fellow Gallery Aferro Studio Resident Amanda Thackray’s recent work, “Blue Ghost Trawler.” Join us for an immersive and interactive offering that celebrates the deep mysteries of artmaking, and the pleasures of conversation amongst colleagues, and across genres.
Roper was the inaugural Writer in Residence at Gallery Aferro, and during that time connected with Thackray, whose third floor studio is the ongoing site of large-scale experimental papermaking. For Spring 2021, Gallery Aferro is celebrating almost two decades as an artist-run workspace supporting the realization of ambitious projects across an expansive and highly diverse cross-section of contemporary art practice. Where does art come from? What does it mean to instigate? To evoke? To describe, and in Roper’s words, “to do it from within your own memories?”