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Ekphrasis Eleven 

Recorded: Sunday September 26, 3:00 pm
Walker Court and the galleries

This project brings together eleven poets, dancers, and musicians taking inspiration from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Ekphrasis, one form of art commenting on another, goes back to ancient Greece and continues on as a vital form in our century. Artists of every stripe have long found inspiration in the artistic expression of their peers and forbears. Participating artists include: Kelley Aitken, Julia Aplin, Sue Chenette, Helen Humphreys, Sue Macleod,Kye Marshall, Jim Nason, Joanne Page, Julie Salverson, John Reibetnanz, Hope Terry, Rhea Tregebov, Alison Watt.

Sue Chenette on No. 12, Diptych: The Three Marys at the Sepulchre, The last Judgement, The Nativity and The Crucifixion, mid 14th century France. Ivory

Sue Chenette is a poet and classical pianist who grew up in northern Wisconsin and has made her home in Toronto since 1972. Her poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada, the US, Great Britain, and France. She is the author of three chapbooks: A Transport of Grief; Solitude in Cloud and Sun, and The Time Between Us, which won the Canadian Poetry Association’s Shaunt Basmajian Award in 2001. Her full-length collection, Slender Human Weight, was launched by Guernica Editions in December 2009.

Kye Marshall on Emily Carr's The Trees in the Sky

Kye Marshall on Jean Paul Riopelle's Chevreuse II

Kye Marshall is a professional composer, cellist and jazz and free improvisor with five CD’s to her credit: Standard Time (jazz standards), Say When and Winter’s End (original jazz compositions), In The Moment and Chiaroscuro,: (spontaneous compositions with Thomas Baker on piano). Her compositions have been performed locally in such venues as the Glenn Gould Studios, RCM, Harbourfront, NY Performing Arts Centre, CMC, Music Gallery, TVO, on CBC Radio and in the US and Austria. She has written a Concerto for Bass Trombone and for different combinations of instruments including  string orchestra,  string quartet, brass quintet, piano and choir. Kye has also written four film scores, thirty-two jazz compositions, as well as for theatre, dance and CBC radio drama.

John Reibetnanz on Christopher Pratt’s Porch Light

Julia Salverson on William Kurelek

Rhea Tregebov on James Wilson Morrice’s Beast of Burden

Alison Watt on Male Figure and Female Figure

Alison Watt is a writer and visual artist who paints and teaches in her studio on Protection Island, Nanaimo, BC. Her first book, set on a remote seabird colony, is a moving memoir about life and death in the human and natural world; The Last Island – a Naturalist’s Sojourn on Triangle Island won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction in 2002. In her poetry collection Circadia, which came out in 2005 with Pedlar Press, poems unfold in a backdrop of light cycles, tides, and weather, and attempt to capture the lyricism of the processes of nature. Some are set in an Amazon Research station and explore taxonomy and diversity. In others, she moves past nature as a backdrop to delve more deeply into its inner, often invisible workings (photosynthesis, pollination…) to release them from the language of science.

Sue MacLeod on two paintings by Alex Coleville: Woman in Bathtub and Woman Climbing a Ramp.

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