Entanglements Across Time-Space: An Ekphrastic Poetic Response to "Craft, Relational Aesthetics and Ethics of Care" by Belinda MacGill

  • Rosemary C. Reilly Concordia University
Keywords: craft, ekphrastic poetic response, relational ethics, postcoloniality, entanglements


Following the protocol set out by Fetaui Iosefo (2019, this issue), I sought Belinda’s permission to write an ekphrastic poetic response to her art assemblages since, as Iosefo frames it, “if there was no ethical consent and processing … we would be no different from the colonizers” – just one more shell in my bucket. Like Fetaui, I too am responding to more than just the visuals. The essence of Belinda’s work calls me to the past and allows me to come to a different and broader understanding of my childhood experience, while also functioning as a creative trigger – hallmarks of ekphrastic poetry (Faulkner, 2009). It is only after I received Belinda’s enthusiastic response that I submitted this poetic response.

Author Biography

Rosemary C. Reilly, Concordia University
Rosemary C. Reilly, PhD, CCFE, is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University in Montréal, Quebec. She is also a Member Scholar Academic of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology. Her research interests include the impact of trauma on neighborhoods and communities, collective healing strategies and systemic resilience, creativity, and qualitative and arts-based research methodologies.


Faulkner, S. (2009). Poetry as method: Reporting research through verse. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Iosefo, F. (2019). Settling the soul through va’ (relational) ethics. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 4(1), 420-424.

MacGill, B. (2019). Craft, relational aesthetics, and ethics of care. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 4(1), 406-419.