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

Rosemary C. Reilly


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.


craft; ekphrastic poetic response; relational ethics; postcoloniality; entanglements

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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.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18432/ari29458


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