Somerset Studio put a call out for art inspired by the writings of Edgar Allen Poe a few months ago. I decided to try make a small art collage inspired by one of my favorite poems.
“The Coliseum’ is not one of Poe’s more famous poems, but I discovered it when we went through ancient Rome for the first time in our home history studies. I’ve never been to Rome but I’d love to go someday. When I read this poem, I can just imagine how it must be walking up to a huge crumbling structure like the Coliseum, so full of history and ‘swarthy bats’.
Here’s the first few lines of the poem:
“Type of the antique Rome! Rick reliquary
Of lofty contemplation left to Time
By buried centuries of pomp and power…
I kneel an altered and humble man,
Amid thy shadows and so drink within
My very soul thy grandeur, gloom, and glory!…
Here, where a hero fell, a column falls!
Here, where the mimic eagle glared in gold,
A midnight vigil holds the swarthy bat…”
I layered an image of the Coliseum over an image of flying bats, along with a photo of me with a veil and a line from the poem.I printed the layered photo onto a transparency and mounted it onto heavy card stock, old newsprint, and then cardboard. I printed out the text and mounted it separately. Then I inked the edges and stamped around the whole thing.
I thought this chain looked sort of antique so I used it to embellish the side, along with sheer black ribbon.
I searched through my entire junk drawer and pulled out a few things that could’ve conceivably been found on the floor of the Coliseum: a piece of gold jewelry lost by a wealthy spectator, a carved wooden amulet belonging to a slave kidnapped from his homeland, a cross from a Christian martyr, a tooth from one of the beasts set loose in the arena, and a piece of string from a net used to entangle a gladiator. With just a little imagination….
I’m still working on more ideas for art to donate to the hospital. I have way too many ideas and not enough time. Hopefully, this weekend I’ll have some time to get some of those ideas sketched out and colored.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and have a happy Thursday!