At Byrdcliffe, we encourage residents to collaborate across mediums. This week one of our residents, Vaughn M. Watson, organized a group activity to cross writing with visual art. As Vaughn explained to the group of 12 participants, ekphrasis is the written response to visual art and is used to inspire creativity and building cohesion between artists of different mediums.
Six visual artists participated, displaying their work for the group. Residents were given 10 minutes at a time to respond to a piece before breaking to share their writing. Over the course of an hour, each participant analyzed and wrote about 3 different pieces.
After the exercise ended, many residents continued on their own sharing work and inspiration.