Nefeli Kentoni’s illustrated poetry captures the visual, verbal, and movement-based aspects of the multidisciplinary artist’s practice. In this piece about art, birth, and creation, a woman’s torso lies supine in a childbearing position, a poem emerging from her body like an infant from the womb. Here, Kentoni’s writing compares pregnancy and childbirth to the gestation and creation of artistic works. Touching on the primal nature of art and the visceral nature of emotions, the artist draws connections between the arduous experience of birth to the impassioned journey of creation. The experience of being a female-identifying artist is beautifully represented in Kentoni’s demonstration of the creative process: the release of artistic works makes the private public, in the artist’s own words — “the private delivers the artwork; and the public liberates it.”


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