Lydia Allison our ‘Writer In Residence’ for the month of October.
..and the ever-changing Halloween Monster !
‘I often just write what I feel. I have a real interest in physicality/beauty/deformity as I think image impacts on everyone. I’m particularly interested in how people see themselves and how that influences their appearance or physicality subconsciously/metaphorically in terms of their feeling or actively by self harm/eating disorders. And I’m interested in perceptions of beauty and body dysmorphia’.
Here’s the fourth of five poems on deformation by Lydia Allison illustrated this week by artist Sara Mena. You’ll also find the third instalment of our ever-morphing, dastardly collaborative monster. This drawing is being collectively produced and passed from artist-to artist week-by-week- all contributing to one image.
The artists collaborating in Lydia’s project alongside Sara have been Gary Caldwell (whose art work went out in our first post here) and Amanda Santos (whose art work went out a fornight ago here) and Diana Probst (whose art work you can see here)
So….each week you’ve been presented with a new poem and two new images/artworks (one illustration & one growing monster) today is the final poem and monster completion before the grande reveal next week of a new poem by Lydia especially written for the culmination of this project and the final collaborative version of the monster in situ for Halloween on the 31st.
Claws by Sara Mena
Please do click on the image to enlarge-it’s worth it
by Lydia Allison
like lapped scum from waves
fish scales the shape of nails biting flesh
soft grey of freed blood
lightless shadow under skin
weight of sleep and sheets
a mercury circle of brine slides from one eye
to the other eye
swollen face of a stranger
empty body full of colour
raised lines like child’s writing
fake letters link
breaths wait to stagger pain
still and patient
not to find anything
... with legs…or are they….here are Sara’s additions:
He’s amphibian….who’d of thought…
‘I’ve been writing for a couple of years and am currently in my final year of my BA in Creative Writing. Two years ago I thought it would be a miracle for me to string lines into poetry, but quickly fell in love with it and proved myself wrong. My real passion lies between the border of poetry and prose.’
“HI I’m Sara Mena, i’m a freelance illustrator and 2D artist and very positive with life and with the things I love. I was born in 1985 and although I have a BA in Graphic Design I was always drawn to the visual arts and illustration and decided to go that way. I like to work in paper and digital, usually mixing those two. I’m passionate with expression and emotion in paintings and drawings and I like merging media to find new ways of expression and to convey responses. At present time, I’m doing figurative work, science art and also art for videogames. Sometimes I work in some art exhibitions. I’m glad to be able to work with such different areas, they make me use different techniques and make me think in particular ways, that helps me grow and expand my art.
The monster is sticking with Sara until next week so she can put him into a context for the big reveal…Be very,very afraid…or not…
Lydia’s final poem especially written for the culmination of our project will be out on ArtiPeeps next week for Halloween –Thursday 31st October.
As always, your responses to either Lydia’s poetry or the art that has been created would be very much welcomed!!