In a Garden of Small Dreams: Art + Poetry in Conversation

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July 21–September 15, 2023
Hamilton Grange Library
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In the ekphrastic tradition, a poet responds to a piece of art by writing a poem. For this showcase, poet Tricia Bogle and artist Shu Tu expand the meaning of ekphrasis by showing art and poetry in dynamic conversation.

The 8 pieces featured here capture a dialogue between poet and artist that unfolds organically. In some works, the poem responds to the image; in others, the image responds to the poem; and in still others, poem and image speak as one.

Through these pieces, artist and poet explore shared themes of growth and loss, intergenerational relationships, and the lessons the natural world can teach about finding human connection. Taken together, these works shape an ongoing conversation that viewers are encouraged to join.

About the Artists

Shu Tu has earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School of Design and studied fashion accessories at the Cordwainers, London College of Fashion. For over 25 years, she held positions as a creative director and leader in the advertising and beauty industries. In recent years, she has expanded her work as an artist. This journey has enabled her to produce deeply personal work that communicates her story through multiple mediums, including traditional and digital art, floral arrangement, ceramics, and metalsmithing.

Shu is currently residing in Upper Manhattan. You might often spot her in the company of her children, Ander and Percy, engaging in the silliest conversations and sharing the wildest laughter.

www.shutucreative.com | hello@shucreative.com | IG @beingshu2

 

Tricia Bogle (Trish) has called NYC home since 1991. She holds a BA in Creative Writing & Philosophy from Loyola Baltimore, and an MA and PhD (in Political Theory and Philosophy) from Fordham University. For over two decades, she taught advanced courses in Writing, Philosophy, Bioethics, Political Science, and Great Books at various institutions, including Montclair State University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Fordham University, and the Johns Hopkins University CTY program.

In recent years she has expanded her work as a poet, exploring many of the same themes through poetry that engaged her for decades as an academic philosopher. Trish currently lives and writes in Washington Heights, and can often be spotted in Highbridge Park, watching the sunrise over the Bronx while sipping café con leche and reading translations of Basho out loud to the trees.

boglepoetry@gmail.com | IG & Twitter @boglepoetry

 

A Conversation with the Artists will take place on Saturday, September 9 at 3pm at Hamilton Grange Library.

 

 

Image: A red mushroom surrounded by abstract smudges of green and grey. Text: Poem "Fingerprints" by Tricia Bogle.

Poetry: Tricia Bogle / Art: Shu Tu / Poem "Fingerprints" first appeared in Passengers Journal, Vol. 3, Issue 3, September 2022.

Fingerprints
Image: Profile of a face looking skyward with abstract clouds in the shapes of utensils. Text: Poem "Silver" by Tricia Bogle.

Poetry: Tricia Bogle / Art: Shu Tu

Silver
Image: Girl in pink dress with no face stands in front of greenery. Text: Poem "Facing Me" by Tricia Bogle.

Poetry: Tricia Bogle / Art: Shu Tu

Facing Me
Text formatted into shape of a tree. Text: Poem "How to Make a Jade Bonsai" by Tricia Bogle.

"How to Make a Jade Bonsai" by Tricia Bogle c 2023 / Poem "How to Make a Jade Bonsai" first appeared in Cagibi, Issue 17, January 2023.

How to Make a Jade Bonsai
Image: Flowers surrounded by dark foliage. Text: Poem "Still Life" by Tricia Bogle.

Poetry: Tricia Bogle / Art: Shu Tu

Still Life
Image: Three mushrooms surrounded by green foliage. Text: Poem "Solstice Two" by Tricia Bogle.

Poetry: Tricia Bogle / Art: Shu Tu / Poem "Solstice Two" first appeared in Pine Row Press, Poetry Issue #7, June 2023.

Solstice Two
Image: Warm sunset over water. Text: Poem "Bronx, 1995" by Tricia Bogle.

Poetry: Tricia Bogle / Art: Shu Tu / Poem "Bronx, 1995" first appeared in Chautauqua, Issue 20.2: Chance Encounters, Summer 2023.

Bronx, 1995
Image: Pinkish sunrise with dark clouds. Text: Poem "Daphne" by Tricia Bogle.

Poetry: Tricia Bogle / Art: Shu Tu / Poem "Daphne" first appeared in Pine Row Press, Poetry Issue #7, June 2023.

Daphne