The practice of using words to comment on a piece of visual art—ekphrasis—is an ancient one. One of the earliest and most commonly cited forms of ekphrasis occurs in The Iliad, when Homer provides a long and discursive account of the elaborate scenes embossed on the shield of Achilles. Contemporary literature provides many fine examples of ekphrastic writing. Art/Speaks is a long-running Write On program encouraging people to write in response to art at local galleries.
We take a unique spin on this literary tradition, with this special edition of Art/Speaks, in collaboration with the Public Arts Initiative of Egg Harbor. EGGS-Phrastic Writing will inspire participants to write in response to one of the many eggs on display throughout the village of Egg Harbor.
This session is free and intended specifically for young writers, but all ages are welcome!
EGGstravaganza was conceived in 2014 as a celebration of the 50thanniversary of the Village. Because of its wild popularity it will be celebrated again in 2019, the Village’s 55th anniversary. A total of 28 eggs will be designed by artists from all over and put on display in the Village of Egg Harbor in summer of 2019. Upon conclusion of the exhibit, the art will be sold at a live auction with the proceeds equally benefiting the artists and future public art projects in the Village.