Visual Poetry Using Motifs to Express Emotion Artist Mei Selvage of Portland composes visual poetry bridging East and West, ancient and contemporary, and Patricia Wheeler of Deer Isle expresses archetypes. Both artists intuitively use motifs, symbols and languages from both Eastern and Western cultures to express emotion and invoke memories. The results are narratives on personal and universal levels. Their mixed-media artworks affirm authentic female voices that are tender and caring yet often unheard.
“Art is my way to tell stories and compose visual poetry,” says Mei. “I love to use words, colors and images to reveal the interplay of hidden and perceived realities. I use art creation to embody and express the ancient wisdom.”
Similarly, Patricia Wheeler views herself as a translator, “As I work, I must surrender to forces unseen and allow the work to unfold,” she says. “Although they are abstract, narratives emerge in my paintings, opening the door to archetypal energies. Expressing Archetypes changes us.”