Artist Spotlight of the Month
How do you visualize a poem?
Artist: Painting by Vathunya Doangpratheep
School: WHS Grade 12
Teacher: Mrs. Connearney’s Advanced Art Class
Reconciliation by Walt Whitman
Word over all, beautiful the sky,
Beautiful that war and its deeds of carnage must in time be utterly lost,
That the hands of the sisters Death and Night incessantly softly
wash again, and ever again, this soiled world;
For my enemy is dead, a man divine as myself is dead,
I look where he lies white-faced and still in the coffin - I draw near,
Bend down and touch lightly with my lips the white face in the coffin.
Last spring, the advanced Art class was asked to respond visually to poetic imagery. Librarian Ms. Boninti helped build the students enthusiasm by introducing the class to both poetry books from the collection and some excellent websites. Vathunya Doangpratheep was touched by the image of the hands of Death and Night washing over the soiled earth in Walt Whitman’s poem, Reconciliation. Vathunya chose to render the hands and the atmosphere with delicate shades of watercolor, with deepening and disappearing forms to create this evocative personal response to the poem.
Curriculum Frameworks referenced:
3.9 Create 2D and 3D artwork that explores the abstraction of ideas and representation.
4.15 Demonstrate the ability to draw from other disciplines