A Poem By Makafui Bedzra & A Friend
Illustrations By Esther Delaquis Baidoo
In the first of its kind on Design233, we pair Painting and Poetry revealing the intricate relationships between these two forms of art, how one form can be instigated by the other. In The Honeymoon, Makafui and his anonymous friend express the tragedy of love lost prematurely. Esther Delaquis Baidoo is given the poem and asked to make paintings based on the emotions the poem evokes. The results are breath-taking.
” Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement,
It is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion.
That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,
And this is both an art and a fortunate accident… ”
Makafui Bedzra & A Friend (August, 2014).
Read The Honeymoon….
Esther’s paintings are inspired by the symbolic meaning of the butterfly – spiritual,transformation, renewal, the soul and immortality. In Ghanaian culture, the Butterfly is one of the Adinkra symbols, classified as a female symbol representing gentleness, strength and fragility. Esther uses it here to represent the soul of the dead and the fragility of the widow in The Honeymoon poem.
The paintings are done in a printmaking process called reductive monotype.
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