Sunday, February 3, 2019

Ana Hatherley and The Age of Writing

photo © Mark Butkus 2019
The art and poetry of Ana Hatherley on display in Guadalajara.

A bridge designed by an
architect for no useful purpose
between the cosmos and the chaos
the poet looks at the world
and reinvents it
in a garden made of ink

— Ana Hatherly

La edad de la escritura was first published in Ana Hatherly's 1988 volume Edícíones Tema. The avant-garde artist and professor of Baroque history published over 20 volumes of poetry in her lifetime.

The last line of The Age of Writing — it's English title — was the subtitle of an Ana Hatherley exhibit at the Museo de las Artes in Guadalajara, Mexico that ran from November 24, 2018 to February 3, 2019. The exhibit, Ana Hatherly y el Barroco: en un jardín hecho de tinta, featured the groundbreaking Portuguese artist's mixed media presentations of art and poetry.

"My work begins with writing: I am a writer who drifts towards visual arts through experimentation with the word," said the author. "My work also starts with painting: I am a painter who drifts towards literature through a process of awareness of the connections that unite all the arts, particularly in our society."

The Spanish translation of the poem reads as follows:

La edad de la escritura

Puente Pensado
arquitecto de lo no-útil
por entre el cosmos y el caos
el poeta mira el mundo
y lo reinventa
en su jardín hecho de tinta

— Ana Hatherly (1929-2015)

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