Tate Harper

Below is the written explanation of the artist’s Sustained Investigation. To view the full images and details of each piece, click/tap on the thumbnail.

My sustained investigation focuses on transforming the written words of poetry into visual works of art. I decided to investigate this because of the significance that both poetry and art have within my personal and academic life. As I explored this concept further, I transitioned from painting famous poems to painting a poem by the father of my art teacher, and ending with a painting that reflected the message of my own poem, which I wrote to express my feelings about self-quarantine. This shift from famous to personal poems expresses my connection with poetry and art as a form of self-expression and learning. I began this investigation by using watercolor as my medium of choice in pieces 1 and 2, later realizing that it did not convey the vivid imagery held within each poem accurately. I later used acrylic paint paired with paint markers, which I quickly realized was the correct medium for my subject matter. Each poem is unique in both message and style, and I wanted to show that through the use of expressive color and composition. For example, in piece 5, I split the canvas into sections so that I could translate the short, simple lines of the poem into a visual statement.