The following 12 images make up the concentration section of my AP Studio Art portfolio. The concentration is meant to be an in-depth exploration of a specific idea. My concentration is about the visualization of poetry. I selected several poems that have always evoked specific images and colors in my mind as I read them. Through a series of posters and zines, I made my imaginings tangible, showcasing the visual intricacies of poetry at the intersection of text and image.
the waste land series
My concentration began as a series of posters exploring the ways in which words can become image. The images depicted by the letters represent themes found in the poems, such as a crumbling hourglass for the harried and frantic "A Game of Chess" or the swirling storm for "What the Thunder Said." The shattered fragments of text in "The Burial of the Dead" represent the heap of broken images discussed in the poem. Although the posters are consistent in color and typeface, they represent a diverse range of emotions, from the flowing simplicity of "Death by Water" to the gradual decay of "The Fire Sermon."
Each zine, like each poem, has a unique character. The fragmented, almost unreadable text in "Now Air is Air" mirrors the disjointed style of E. E. Cummings' writing. "The Laughing Heart" is a simple and optimistic poem, illustrated with minimal line drawings in light colors. The bold words of "Risk" are emphasized by daring and saturated colors in a style evocative of stained glass windows, echoing the text's religious undertones. "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" and "Three Haikus" are modern poems illustrated primarily by geometric shapes, but Whitman's poem is more complex while Kerouac's is more terse and emblematic, evident in the illustrations. "Figures Spoken" and "Thanks" both utilize photography, but in opposite ways; the first interprets figurative language very literally, while the second is largely symbolic, with the text placed like censor bars over the images.