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Writing from Art: A Student’s View

In her creative writing workshop, Rhiannon Keen’22 explored links between sight, sound, and text.

In “Writing from Art,” taught by Professor Francesca Abbate in fall of 2021, I focused on creative writing and its symbiotic relationship with the visual arts. My fellow students and I drew inspiration from exhibits at the college’s Wright Museum of Art and Logan Museum of Anthropology. Professor Abbate helped us understand the interconnectedness of different creative media. We used artwork to craft poetry and prose, and created collages, paintings, and playlists based on our readings.

I particularly enjoyed the chance to make a collage representing the book Still Life with Oysters and Lemon by Mark Doty. From this experience, I learned how writing from art is so often a cyclical and layered process. Doty, after all, was himself inspired by a painting–by Jan Davidsz De Heem’s “Still Life with a Glass and Oysters.” In my collage, I bring text back to image once again, continuing the cycle.

Rhiannon Keen’22
November 23, 2021

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