Writing creatively to complement a sculpture is different from writing to a painting or photograph. Even when the sculpture depicts something recognisable, something about it being in that form changes what the content is doing for the audience - a painting of a rat on a woman's knee would not be remotely similar to this wonderful sculpture by Anthony Abrahams.
Having had a run-in with a mouse that led to a poem myself, that's what came to mind when I wrote this 100 word piece to go with the sculpture for my November series. Anthony Abrahams' work is showing at Pangolin London until 10th December.
|Rat by Anthony Abrahams, courtesy of Pangolin|
She didn’t look at all surprised. That in itself was enough to make me fall in love. That and the warmth of her thigh.
“I wrote a poem once,” she said, “About a rat,” and she smiled! Smiled! The way they have of baring teeth without saying they want to eat you. It’s adorable.
“Perhaps it was you I wrote about,” she said. I tried to look like a rat in a poem: solemn, nostalgic.
So now we go about together; she bought a jacket with oversized pockets just for me and at readings I poke my nose out poetically.