Ekphrastacy: Members Show 2020, “Gotham Deluge”
by Amanda Stovicek D’Alessandro
by Tammy Green
There’s something about a myth born in water
the carapace of calcium you call your body, open
under the wet sky and breathing bubbles.
When you washed ashore your face bore the red
like a birthmark, a cascade of split skin and salt.
The river always wants to tear the banks, the ocean
always calls to you by your name. You are heavy.
Every canyon is a place to rest, carve your space
out of earth, struggle against the slow erosion–
call it home. Imagine how the earth came up in right angles
excising basalt and heat, breath from the center
of the world. You cover yourself in dirt and pray
for perfect shapes in the wild because distortion is
the opposite of salt–it’s the flood, the deluge
cleaving the land to soft edges.
Tammy Green, Artist:
My name is Tammy Green and I am a self-taught abstract artist.
I was influenced by art at a very early age. I took a trip with my Uncle to
Swingo’s Lounge (a jazz club) in downtown Cleveland.
I fell in love with jazz and the feeling it resonated. It has an abstract sound which
Years later, I heard a jazz song from long ago. (Until the Rain) by
Michael Henderson, which made me wonder, how would jazz look on canvas?
I pulled out my canvas, replayed the song and began to make my mistakes on
canvas, which became Gotham Deluge, my first painting.
My work is acrylic on canvas large and small, mixed media and photography.
Heights Arts is my first group gallery show.
Amanda Stovicek D’Alessandro, Poet: Amanda Stovicek D’Alessandro is a poet from Northeast Ohio made of star stuff. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Gordon Square Review, sidereal magazine, BARNHOUSE, Nice Cage, and others. Her debut micro-chapbook, SPACE SPECTACULAR, was published by Ghost City Press in the 2018 Summer Series. You can find her at https://amstovicek.com/.
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