Poetry & Writing

Poetry and writing are integral parts of my visual process.

My writtings and poems are an exploration of space, place, fragmented memories, and ruminating on the loss of the sense of home. “I am interested in the in betweens; the place where sand meets sky, sky meets water, and our interactions with vast bodies of nature and water. My interest in language stems from constant exploration of  philosophy and language and an admiration of the works of Gaston Bachelard and Martin Heidegger.”


Next Spring I will be releasing a self published book on plant gratitude 

Tesserae

Art History

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Tesserae is an art publication born in the time of COVID-19 as a place for up-and-coming scholars and artists to publish their research, experiences, interpretations, criticisms, statements, and more. The art world needs a safe space now more than ever for young creatives. Find some of my published poetry here.

Publications

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This publication is a culmination of a pigment exploration class I facilitated through the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance in the Summer of 2021.

 

It also serves as a how to book including how to's for botanical dyeing, making pigment paints and journal prompts.

The cover and content are designed by myself including several of the students images. Graphic design and formatting of the publication was done by June Ahn.

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For the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 SEEDS journal, Abena Motaboli has three poems published With Northeastern Illinois University's Literary & Visual Arts Journal titled SEEDS. p28-32

This version reflects a time of change and growth through the Pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests and the uncertainty of our now. 

SEEDS is a yearly publication produced by a student run community-focused organization. They publish poetry, prose, fiction/non-fiction, hybrid work, research, essay and visual art.

 

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This publication was designed and put together by myself in collaboration with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance ove the course of a Nature Journaling class I facilitated. it is a culmination of poems, plant studies, drawings, and inspiring nature based work from of all of our senior citizens and myself. 

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For the 2020 Spring SEEDS journal, Abena Motaboli has three poems published With Northeastern Illinois University's Literary & Visual Arts Journal titled SEEDS. p132-136

SEEDS is a yearly publication produced by a community-focused organization. They publish poetry, prose, fiction/non-fiction, hybrid work, research, essay and visual art.