This sonnet was written from notes taken during an encounter with Christine Binnie’s large ceramic pot, The Binnie Sisters at Birling Gap Summer Solstice 2003, at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; exhibited as part of Figure Study II, spring 2019.
A feminist engagement with poetic practice means that Lila performs ekphrasis as an act of 'writing with', rather than writing through, on, about, or around.
This ekphrastic response to Andy Warhol's Atomic Bomb, 1965, was written as an exercise for my Writing from History course on the MA. It draws on ideas from Walter Benjamin's 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction', 1936 (Illuminations, Ed. Hannah Arendt, 1968), and is also influenced by this reading of Warhol's image … Continue reading Post-Apocalypse