null
Advanced Search

The Poetic Body: Poem Eyes

Not on view

The Poetic Body: Poem Eyes

Artist: Lesley Dill (American, born 1950)

Date: 1992
Medium: Lithograph, letterpress and collage on paper
Dimensions:
Overall: 18 x 13in. (45.7 x 33cm)
Signed: Blind stamp, lower right; Lesley Dill, lower right in pencil; Poem: Much madness is divinest sense To a discerning eye [remainder not used] Much sense--the starkest madness 'Tis the majority In this, as all, prevail Assent--and you are sane Demur--you're straightway dangerous And handled with a chain
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 93.13.1
Label Text
Lesley Dill’s work focuses on the body as a vessel for our spiritual selves. She found within Emily Dickinson’s poetry honest references to emotion and vulnerability that are compatible to her own interests. In this series, Dill inscribes a Dickinson poem onto a corresponding body part she created with delicate materials such as paper and copper foil. Dill’s goal is to resemble physical weightlessness and, simultaneously, to shield the figures from the harsh world that humans are exposed to and continue to create.


Charlotte Zee
Hamilton College Intern, summer 2016




Lesley Dill's four-print Poetic Body combines elements of Emily Dickinson's poetry with an appropriate part of the body. In Poem Eyes, for example, the text reads: "much madness is divinest sense to a discerning eye" and "much sense the starkest madness."

Dill has written, "I think of words, and especially the poems of Emily Dickinson (for their embodiment of psychological states of despair and euphoria as metaphors for being), as a kind of spiritual armor, an intervening skin between ourselves and the world. How nice to slip inside words, the meaning and shape of some emotion you're feeling, and go out into life."

MEM
2002



Copyright
© Lesley Dill