Ilaria Benedetti

watercolours and ink, the perfect couple

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The Silence of Plants

It took me several days to choose the poem for this project.

Finally I made my mind up, here is the winner: The Silence of Plants by the Polish poet Wislawa Szymboska. Here is the link you can follow to read the poem:

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-silence-of-plants/

So...first step done!!! ;)

I've choosen this poem because I like plants very much and I think we are living now very separated from Nature, it's like we don't care/we don't have time to think about it.

Sketches will follow!!

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These are my annotations.

Characters: the author and plants 

Objects: leaf, petal, kernel, cone, stem

Tone/mood: in the first part I felt a feelign of loneliness (a one-sided relationship). The poet try to get close to Nature but she feels her curiosity "is unrequited" and she has no name.

In the second part I feel the opposite: the poet uses words like common, together, connects, same star, same shadow, resemblance to express connection.

In the last part, everything is in contrast: question/answer, necessary/impossible, urgent/postponed.

And now...time to do some sketches.

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I decided to work on two ideas: the one with the big bold letters over a layer of leaves (like if someone is looking through the window of a greenhouse) and the one with lips and a leaf (like the silent mouth of the plants).

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It's very difficult for me to choose between the two options, but maybe the first one is more clear and elegant. feedbacks are very welcome! 

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