A DANCE OF POETRY & ART…
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POET: ALSHAAD KARA
Alshaad Kara is a Mauritian poet who writes from his heart. He won the 2023 “Zheng Nian Cup” Literary Award Third Prize. His latest poems were published in “The BeZine”, “Men Matters Online Journal” and “Slamming Bricks Anthology 3rd Edition”.
When did you start writing poetry?
I started to write when I was 19 years old after a heartbreak.
Why do you write poetry?
I do not write ‘poetry’, I just write words of my heart and they build into poems. These accompany the melodies of the soul.
What is the best advice you have ever received and would share with new poets?
The best advice is to always write and speak from your heart. Remain authentic.
Can you comment on your process?
My process is a long journey in itself. Sometimes I just need to listen to Bollywood romantic songs since they are filled with pathos. Sometimes just watching a scene from a movie or a show can inspire me too, but the essential key is to experience life.
Anything else you wish to share?
Poetry is a journey that is different and charming. To be a poet is to breathe the truth of life and splash the spiritual peak into words and thoughts.
More poems to read here:
GOLDSMITH & PRECIOUS METALS SCULPTURE ARTIST: LUCY ERSKINE
The avenue I have taken in my work with precious metals has been directed toward artistic expression, sculpturally and in narrative concepts. Because of choices of Art rather than simply adornment, it has continued to be an enjoyable and challenging endeavour for me. The experimentation never stops, even after four plus decades. Experiences from living in urban, suburban and rural locales in Canada, from Montreal to Vancouver plus Sydney, Australia and London, UK have combined to shape a philosophy influenced by intense love of art, nature and living. What comes through my mind and hands has fortunately brought happiness and comfort to many people which is what I could only hope for.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THAT POEM?
As a good poem does, this conveys so much emotion within the limitation of words. I have not had this experience directly. My parents did when I was just over a year old, meaning it probably had an effect on me. I responded when I read it and felt I could do it justice using my form of art.
I have not done this particular type of project before but I have definitely had in mind narratives that I had wanted to convey by creating pictures using silver, gold, and gemstones before. Yes, I enjoy the challenges of this type of work.
WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES? WHAT WAS EASY?
The challenges involved the very small scale and the linear depiction on a flat surface, such as a pencil drawing might be, only using a jeweler’s saw to cut them out. Again, the quality of the poem was such that I wanted to treat it with reverence so that, too, was a challenge. What was easy is the fact that I have worked in this medium for over 46 years so while envisioning what could be done, my experience (of failures, since I am self-taught) provided me the answers to guide what could possibly be achieved. I did try some new techniques on this piece though.
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR PROCESS FROM IDEA TO FINISHED WORK? WHY THOSE COLOURS AND SHAPES?
This piece called for a background, which I have been exploring recently, of Suminagashi ink on mulberry paper. I used that right in the shadow box frame behind glass. I cut out some cloud shapes that are affixed as well. Because my field is jewelry, I made it into a neckpiece, although it can stay in the frame as is. The sterling chain was pinned into the foam core to hang. The beads are of clear quartz crystal stones which add to the cloud element I wanted. The baby in a basket-type of stamped impression of sterling silver is on a cloud shape and it is all done in layers sawed out and then soldered together with a small torch. That is considered Construction Technique, very old methods, as opposed to any melting down or casting.
SIZE OF THE PIECE. PRICE IF FOR SALE. WHERE IS IT AVAILABLE?
$300 — contact artist, Lucy Erskine, @ideabyersk on Instagram.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
My first Solo show was at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas and was called “Narratives Through an Unexpected Medium” which included some of these pieces (below). My later solo was Sept 2022 which also had some of these pieces pictured. I have a continuing display case there too. Check her out on the Carnegie’s Website. Enjoy some of her pieces below:
WE HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THIS 9th DANCE OF POETRY AND VISUAL ART.
ARTISTS, there are poems still available to choose from and time to get in on the project… https://towerpoetry.ca/po-art-ry-poems/
This is an organic project, and we are thinking of a possible exhibit or publication. Who knows?! What we do know is that we have a lot of exciting work by talented poets and artists to share with you each month!