William Penney, Paul Muldoon

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact


Selected by international curator and art critic, Jamshid Ferderesky, ‘Response’ is an Artist’s Book project instigated by Belfast Print Workshop in conjunction with the Arts Council for Northern Ireland. Together they invited 8 leading poets from Northern Ireland to submit a poem to be paired with a select piece of visual arts. The brief was to develop imagery to compliment and critic a literary discipline with a visual form. “Watershed” was submitted for review and consequently led to Penney’s creative partnership with Paul Muldoon based on the poem “I Love You But You Love Him”. The challenge was to produce an image to juxtapose with the content, structure and poetic form of Muldoon’s poem, written in his characteristic pop – culture - poetry – slam style. To reflect this literary genre the artwork is minimalist in its abstract forms seeking to mirror the agonising content of triangular love. With the use of bold colours, the stencilled arcs indicate the twisted incompatibility of the described relationship and also indicate Muldoon’s ironic and playful use of language. Building on the innovative linear construction of the “Watershed” portfolio, the “I Love You (But You Love Him)” combination again uses digitally produced acetates/liths, striped in horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines layered and adjusted for the desired structure and tone. This layering reflects the rhythms and pace of the poem. This hand made book was produced in a limited edition of 10 copies. All 10 copies were purchased for a variety of collections, including Trinity College Library Dublin, Queens University Library, Belfast, University of Ulster Library Belfast and Linen Hall Library Belfast. The Arts Council for NI used “Response” for it’s second annual “Brussels Platform”. Damian Smyth, Head of Drama and Literature with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/news/2013/news18012013.html
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrussels
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2012
Event"Response" - Brussels Platform / Headquarters European Union. Brussels.
Duration: 23 Jan 201323 Feb 2013


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