Concrete Poetry

“Fear” is a poem about a child's experience with domestic violence.  To elevate the poem into a multi-sensory experience, I chose an ordinary mason jar and filled it with generic hair gel, a viscous substance that would maintain the shape of whatever is placed inside. Then, I proceeded to print the poem on transparent acrylic, separating individual lines of the poems.

This piece was inspired by a coping mechanism of appearing deceptively transparent when is confronted with questions they are not yet ready to unpack. The user is free to interact with the jar and read a few lines from the exterior. However, to see the full story, the user has to deal with the messiness of extracting the pieces of the poem—reflecting the difficulty of unpacking one's past.


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