22 September 2007
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Edward Picot.
Review by Marc Garrett.
Edward Picot's visually playful, web art interpretation of Wallace Stevens's poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird is a curious artwork for many reasons. Once you have visited the work it lingers in the mind and on each return it maintains a strong freshness. So what is it in this work that compels me to re-experience its particularly strange and magical reasoning?
It consciously acknowledges the original spirit of the text, whilst introducing a response that at the same time attempts to deal with what these words may mean today. This interpretation of the poem not only gives us the opportunity to appreciate how special the original work is by following the text, whether in order, or haphazardly, but it also creates a moment in time that opens up a rare experience of two creative minds as a kind of collaboration.