This beautiful book, of paintings by Alice Mumford and poems by Sue Leigh, brings together exciting new work from the two makers. Collaboration is perhaps not the right word for a project in which paintings and poems sit side by side, each illuminating the other. Onlooker and reader are offered another glimpse, another view which may change the experience of looking and reading.
The book includes conversations between painter and poet in which they discuss their experience of working in their different media and consider the limitations and possibilities of each. They talk about their sources of inspiration, how they might choose a subject (or does it choose them?), and the process that surrounds the making of their work. What do they share in their creative lives and how do they differ?
The work of these two contemporary artists celebrates the intimacy and beauty that can be found in our everyday lives.
About the poet:
Sue Leigh’s second collection of poems, Her Orchards, was published by Two Rivers Press in 2021. Her first book, Chosen Hill, was described by the TLS as ‘an intelligent and considered collection that pays homage to the act of paying attention’. A pamphlet, Chalk, was published recently by Evergreen Press.
She teaches at Oxford and runs her own poetry courses. She lives in the Windrush valley.