Pallant House Gallery will be hosting a few Outsider Art Exhibitions over the autumn months this year. I became involved with Pallant through their Step Up Programme, which trained marginalised artists to be workshop leaders, and was very happy to be asked to provide poetic responses to several well known - and some lesser known - outsider artists, as part of an audio trail for one of their exhibitions. I went into the studio on September 17th to record these poems for the audio trail.
Response to Barabara Hepworth’s ‘Single Form’
Do you know what it is to be an outsider?
It is black and white for the world to see.
They think they are in the light
And we stand in the darkness
But they don’t see a light
That can burn
A hole through stone
The outsider knows the pierced form
The outsider is the pierced form
We are not the paint, not the stone
Not the ink, not the clay
We are what is left behind
You see a hole where the heart is
We see a heart where the hole is.