The Beginning is Feminine is a visual interpretation of Tina Chang’s poem by the same name. Arranged by stanza in a series of 10 works, the text of the poem warps and wraps around primal shapes. Viewers are encouraged to tilt their head in syncopation with the edges, feeling the shapes with their own movement.
The poem begins with earth material (plains, bark, wilderness) and ends with water (rushing, runs). This balance ensures the sustainability of nature: trees, birds, humankind. The calm volley between the elements of earth and water is represented with careful geometries in greens and blues.
Chang's lines also reference fire, spark, flame: a third, urgent element used both for survival and destruction. Fire threatens earth and life, but is itself alive. Reds throughout the pieces interact with the blues and greens as small agitations, and also eruptions of flame. This tension is quelled, in the end, by water; a gesture to begin this cycle again--earth, fire, air, water--exploring the relationship between humanity and nature through the generative power of femininity.
Individual piece titles:
The Beginning is Feminine: invisible
The Beginning is Feminine: wilderness
The Beginning is Feminine: alive
The Beginning is Feminine: renewal
The Beginning is Feminine: future
The Beginning is Feminine: womanhood
The Beginning is Feminine: of gods
The Beginning is Feminine: spark
The Beginning is Feminine: revelation
The Beginning is Feminine: water
An online and physical survey/group show of text-based physical artworks by TheVERSEverse in partnership with L'Avant Galerie and Librairie Métamorphoses.
This is Part 2 of an exhibition. Part 1 "Poème Objkt", a conversation between poetry and the visual arts brought to life through the liminal play of the physical and the digital, opened in October 2022 at L’Avant Galerie Vossen.
2023 Crypto Art Award Shortlist, The Lumen Prize.