What does time look like?”
Jane Kent posed the question as she talked about drawing in response to two poems by Major Jackson. One of those poems, “Winter,” formed the starting point for the Art in Art in Print project in this issue. The other, “The Flâneur Tends a Well-liked Summer Cocktail,” is the basis of an artist’s book now in production, to be co-published by Grenfell Press and Jungle Press in December, 2018.
When she began thinking about them, earlier this year, she recognized a connection between the poems and a recent turn in her work. As an abstract artist, Kent was not in the habit of addressing personal desires explicitly. But after decades of being smitten with Patrick Caulfield’s 1973 screenprints for Some Poems of Jules Laforgue (discussed in this issue by Paul Coldwell), she had decided to purchase Crying to the walls: My God! My God! Will she relent?, a crisply defined wall clock, viewed obliquely—black line, white face, yellow wall. Finding that the print was out of her price range, she decided to anatomize her love by remaking Caulfield’s image, playing with it, figuring out what made it tick.