The latest installation @ the Scuppernong Bookstore in downtown Greensboro:
Krystal Hart is excited to be apart of Greensboro’s Visual Poetry Walk. Her hand painted planter box water feature “Gardened Covenant” is an interpretation of Wayne Johns poem “Marriage”. The piece is displayed inside the bookstore’s front window. Viewers are encouraged to interact with the piece by leaving their responses in a journal provided near the sculpture.
Here is a preview but GO today and check it out!
September 02: Visual Poetry Walk – First Steps at 6:30 pm. Starting by the Main Downtown Library Branch at the VPW box poet and artist will speak briefly about the poem and box. We will proceed through the whole walk through downtown Greensboro. Ending at Artmongerz 610 S Elm St.
October 16: Visual Poetry Walk Celebration at 3:00 pm. Location: Scuppernong Bookstore. Poets with read their poem and artist will speak on the box. The 3:00pm reading will be apart of the Writers Group of the Triad Third Sunday at 3 reading series. Following the reading there will be a wine and cheese reception at one of the installation sites.
ARTIST STATEMENT: “GARDENED COVENANT”
As I received the poem I started to think deeper about marriage. Speaking with older married couples; I gained a deeper understanding of love, commitment and sacrifice. I saw an ageless wealth of love in the eyes of one widow and in others I was asked to pray for God to rekindle a fire in life beaten hearts. My husband and I even went canoeing to immerse myself as much as I could to understand how the context of the poem related to its title. While creating, the initial focus on canoeing together was this awkward dance of learning to maneuver life together. However, as I continued to build and think deeper, marriage became more about the environment surrounding the canoe as well. Just as the first marriage was created in a garden, this beautiful living thing needs constant cultivation, nurturing, watering, sun, and pruning. The commitment to come together is one of covenant. Birthing a life giving entity bigger than self, or rather these individual plants, water, rocks, canoe.
QUESTION: Have you ever made a commitment that was bigger than self? What were sacrifices of self in that commitment? Did you see the fruit, beauty of your sacrifice?