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Envelope Poems


A few months ago, I completed a series of five oil on board abstracts inspired by Emily Dickinson's so-called Envelope Poems, short fragments of poetry scribbled onto the backs of correspondence to family and friends. The paintings ended up sitting somewhere between gestural and colour field works.

Each panel measures 61 x 51cm. These are the lines of poetry that inspired the paintings, in order:

"To light and then return"

"As there are apartments in our own minds"

"I have no life but this to lead"

"How much - how little - is within our power"

"But are not all facts dreams"


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