Monday, 3 February 2014

Stella Tripp - Painting with words

Stella Tripp -Word Artist
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Welcome to Jawspring, the exhibition that is celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st March by fusing Art and Poetry.

My first encounter with Stella Tripp's artwork was at the Nottingham Light Night festival in 2011 and since then I've been fortunate enough to exhibit alongside her and see a wave of new work break onto the UK Art scene. This well travelled artist is based in Exeter but spent many a year teaching and painting in the USA where she gained her MA and MFA, and held a Graduate Fellowship at South Illinois University. It is the recent development of words entering her artwork that has captured my attention. For years Tripp found the use of words difficult and felt happier using colours and shapes to express the universal language of art. Three years ago she embarked upon a series of 'Word Paintings" and now it seems she cannot read a book without identifying a word that looks as if it should be made into a painting. Her Jawspring poem turns the tables once again, this time conjuring mental images with her words......

days lengthening towards a sharing feast of raw recycled moments

Stella Tripp's
Sushi Poem
We have printed her poem onto this model sushi and will be exhibiting it at the Village Hall Gallery from the 19th-24th March 2014. If you would like to join us, please send a haiku or poem (less than 80 characters) to me Alban at or tweet  @albanart
Full details are on our submit poems page.

All these Sushi Laureates can be found on their designated page.

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