Rena Rosenwasser and Kate Delos
Poet Rena Rosenwasser is author of Elephants & Angels, from Kelsey St. Press, where she is co-director. Painter and printmaker Kate Delos teaches at Sonoma State University. Their new collaborative work, Simulacra, a series of poems and monotypes reproduced in 14 full-color plates, has just been released by Kelsey St. The original monotypes are currently featured in the Newport Harbor Museum's 1986 Bay Area Art Biennial.
WORKING NOTES, KATE DELOS & RENA ROSENWASSER:
What if painter and poet were to work together? Shared artifacts, your paintings, my poems. A layering of images, words . . . as if images DRAWN up thru sand, scrim. Faces of antiquity re called / dreams re visioned where the lingua was often Latin.
We began to tell each other tales. The Romans wrote letters on wax tablets; they would etch words into wax with a stylus. The tablet sent across town. The letter read, then the wax melted and a reply etched into the same wax. And so our tablets took shape.
Play on our present terrae . . . these papers on which our images and words could and would PALIMPSEST. Also encaustic, the earliest form of portraiture--a melting of color with wax, words "incised," our collaboration a collage of text/portrait.