Ekphrasis! YSU Art Students Respond to Poems & Stories

YSU art students in the classes of Chris McCullough, Dana Sperry & Lauren Baker created visual works responding to the poems and stories of this year’s Fall Lit Fest presenters. To inquire about purchasing work, please email Chris McCullough.

Caitlin Adams
31”x 18” Medium- pens and markers, coffee (for staining)
“The Pirate Anne Bonny Speaks to Orlando after Virginia Woolf” by Dorsey Craft

Christian Steff
19.5″ x 25.5” Medium: Semi-Hard Pastel and Ink
Poem by Joseph Ostraff
My house on your house
Deliberations yielding wendover
Achill urban walks multiple walks
Four sundays

NFS


Donato Salisbury
“Pangea”
48″ x 12’’ Charcoal and Pastel
“Pangea” by Sayuri Ayers

Isabella Starkey
9” x 10”, 7.5” x 6”, 7.5” x 6” Micron Pen, Pastel and Colored Pencil
“Premonition”by Sayuri Ayers
NFS

Jared Morris
“Lucid Needle”
9XXB Lead Pencil, Organic Black Charcoal, Charcoal, Ballpoint Pen and Bristol Paper
“Searching for Veins in Mr. Powell’s Cornfield” by Nick Gardner

Searching for Veins in Mr. Powell’s Cornfield

The past of this land is all guts and my
organs reject me so I jab again,
dig furrows, sow seeds in the skin. I bend
my spoon before eating, boiling
by matchlight my useless, cracked-up machine.
I dig for arrowheads, musket balls where
the glacial valleys end in wide fields. Where
orchard meets yard, sitting by the stream,
though this one flows thinner than blood, faster
than time, writing its lines down the valley,
forgetting me, then remembering me
in raindrops. Listen: This drop is the last.
I become myself in this narrative,
held within old earth, the guts of this land.

*from So Marvelously Far (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2019)

Lauren Linger
24” x 36” Pencil, Watercolor and Charcoal
“In Vivo” by Charles Malone

Linda Saccomen
30″ x 25″ Pen and Markers
“Premonition” by Sayuri Ayers

My son’s dark hair glimmers like kerosene. Mama hurts, he says, hand on a toy ambulance. 
When the paramedics hoist my stretcher upwards, my son points through the kitchen window— a cleaved moon untangles from the clouds. 

NFS

Mia Mondora
“Awakening” 
32″ x 48″ Mixed Media, Acrylic and Collaged Paper on Wood Panel
“Into the Meadows”  by Sayuri Ayers

Patrick Savage
Drawings
“Hank Williams’ Last Ride” by Kari Gunter-Seymour

Stephanie Ranalli
23 9/16’’ x 18’’ Medium – Semi-hard Pastel, Colored Pencil, Ballpoint Pen, Acrylic and Watercolor
“The Pirate Anne Bonny Speaks to Orlando” by Dorsey Craft
NFS

Tony Wylie, Jr.
18″ x 25″ Charcoal
“Withdrawals” by Nick Gardner

Withdrawal
I remember shooting up and shiver,
shake for the cold prod, the hypodermic
warm blanket of blood wrapping itself
around the waist, clutched between the fingers.
The black. The loss of body. In winter
my bones hurt, my stomach turns. Skeletons
haunt my vision in grocery stores, walking
Diamond Street, nodding in the driver seat.
Remember, to some the earth is darkness,
a dug hole opened to swallow bodies,
robes of dirt, tucking the dying into
earthworm sheets. A hungry child calls for mom
who has left him only her unsculpted statue.
Dig past the grave and choke it by the roots.

*Appeared in What Are Birds Journal issue 1.1
*from So Marvelously Far (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2019)

Victoria Lubonovich
30.5” x 22.5” Acrylic, Marker and Ink Pen
“The Pirate Anne Bonny Speaks to Orlando After Virginia Woolf” by Dorsey Craft
NFS

The following works were a collaboration between MFA Art students Karen Fisher, Kerrianne Ghinda, Chanda Weigel, Katherine Willamson and Evie Zimmer.
Mixed Media

Kerrianne Ghinda – Color Pencil
Chanda Weigel – Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Paper, and Gold Leaf
Karen Fisher – Watercolor
Evie Zimmer – Graphite
18” x 24”
“Beneficial Insects” by Charles Malone
$150

Evie Zimmer – Graphite
Chanda Weigel – Colored Pencil, Acrylic and Watercolor
Karen Fisher – Watercolor
Kerrianne Ghinda – Colored Pencil
Katherine Williamson- Acrylic Paint and Thai Kozo Paper
18” x 24”
“Withdrawal” by Nick Gardner
$150

Karen Fisher – Watercolor
Chanda Weigel – Watercolor and Colored Pencil
Kerrianne Ghinda – Colored Pencil
Katherine Williamson- Watercolor
Evie Zimmer – Watercolor”
18” x 24”
“Into the Meadow” by Sayuri Ayers
$250

Katherine Williamson – Mixed Media (Paper, Fabric, Metal, Graphite, Watercolor
Chanda Weigel- Colored Pencil
Karen Fisher – Watercolor
Evie Zimmer – Foliage and Ground Cherries
23” x 33”
“Youngstown” by Susan Petrone
$250

  

Kerrianne Ghinda – Colored Pencil 
Chanda Weigel – Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Paper, and Gold Leaf
Karen Fisher – Watercolor
Evie Zimmer – Graphite 
18” x 24”
“Beneficial Insects” by Charles Malone
$150

To view digital media collages, visit ysu_digital_media on Instagram