Statement on the paintings created in response
to the poem The Blue Point by Shirley Graham
My aim was to evoke the emotional energy and structure of the poem without resorting to illustration. In previous work I have used this circle pattern as a starting point for exploring composition. It allows me to push against the boundaries of this rigid structure and create new patterns, new worlds within my paintings.
It was a joy discovering Shirley’s poetry. I had a hard time choosing which poem to use. I decided on Blue Point because its a powerful poem about a place right here on the island.