Installment two of The Poetic Art Pairing Project features the work of Itoro Udofia, a passionate artist who I met on the NetworkedBlogs space on Facebook.
Itoro’s blog Thoughts of my Mind features her art in a myriad of forms: poetry, which she recites in video clips with the backdrop of gorgeous art which feasts your eyes as her voice treats your ears, songs, excerpts of her longer form writing and artistic images.
So let’s get into it! Itoro sent me the following art piece and coupled with my poetic interpretation, I will deem it: Justified & Vastly Jeweled.
I am an extension of the extension of earth-toned souls
spirited and spicy, justified and vastly jeweled
My diamonds, rubies and gold pieces are not just adornments I wear with flair that beg to be complimented
They rest in the heart of me
Peel back my layers, unwrap my delicate but sturdy coverings of years of unjust decorations
As I walk to the market to buy fresh meat, spices and grains to create nutrition to feed my fruition
They throw their cloaks of confusion upon my shoulders weighing me down with their notions of my nature which they only see as nubile and naughty
When I am safe within my quarters I stomp on those cloaks with feet that have graced the halls of higher learning
I take them and wash them until they sing of perfume and place them in buckets filled with colorful dye
Now, see the beauty coming into view as the pigment soaks in and their false truth dies
My truth is a vision to behold-colors of the ocean, deep reds and golds
Only I can paint my palette and the colors are blindingly beautiful-coaxed from the core of me
Look deeper always and question what you see
Define yourself not by others but by your own correlations
You are not just comprised of an idea, a street corner or a city-but many nations
You as I are made of Earth, Moon, Sun and Sky
Fashioned from God’s great eye
I am nature’s bulb, seed and root
I am land, horse, bird and sea
See me all
When you see me
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