Monday, May 11, 2020

Artists and Poets Respond to the Pandemic (8)

My highlights today from the online exhibition "Artists and Poets Respond to the Pandemic" represent another collaboration, this one between artist Tighe O'Donoghue/Ross and poet Sheikha A. Their work is inspired by the word "Faith."

[. . .] These hands /
will burn the ferocity of light through /
its skin and will scab like rainbows /
curving over skies. When your hand /
will be raised to the direction of trees, /
I will know the way to the shade of Tooba.
~ from "Zojaj: Ameer"

Tighe O'Donoghue/Ross, "The Prophecy / The Cascade"
18" x 24"


Tighe O'Donoghue/Ross is a world-renowned Irish-American printmaker and sculptor whose work can be found in the permanent collections of such prestigious institutions as The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City; and Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France. 

Tighe's oeuvre is full of symbolism and surrealism, his imagery playful yet profound. Many of his images allude to Irish and Celtic myths, although he gleans his material from all faiths, mythologies, and philosophies.

Sheika A. is from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. Her work appears in numerous print and online venues, including several anthologies from different presses. Recent publications in which her work has appeared include Strange Horizons, Pedestal Magazine, and The Ekphrastic Review. Sheikha A.'s poetry has been translated into Spanish, Greek, Albanian, Italian, Arabic, and Persian.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church (Arlington, Va.), which support the arts ministry I lead, is hosting the complete multi-part online exhibition. On the church's new Instagram page, you'll find images of the artwork, which is augmented daily. Websites and other information about all the participating artists and poets can be found at "Artists' Biographical Information" and "Poets' Biographical Information," respectively.

Note: For another collaboration by the artist and poet, see the May 6 entry "Zojaj" published as part of the Silver Birch Press blog series "My Front Door."

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