The design of Dualism: Portraits & Poems juxtaposes a poem with a portrait of its author.
The conceptual envelope for uniting these two art forms takes its cue from the antique notion of the mind / body dichotomy. While, in any literal sense, this philosophical concept has long since been exploded, we still tend to employ it as a mental short-hand, a useful binary. The project will play upon the strange contrast between the physical outer shell of the poet and the ideations that stem from within them. This concept will govern the overall aesthetic, but is not intended to inform the poetic works. In fact the more various the subject matter and tonalities featured the better.
The aesthetic of the photography focuses on capturing the essential character of each individual in a mutual meeting of subjectivities between the sitter and the photographer.
All of the poets are Scottish or of Scottish origin, selected according the quality of their writing by our commissioning editor, Thom Laycock. We hope that by combining the fields of poetry and visual art, we can open both to new platforms and audiences.
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