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Today, we’re featuring a beautiful fine art series from Iosune de Goñi. Here is more from Iosune about her series And you so vaporous and the inspiration behind it…
Eta zu hain lurrunezko (And you so vaporous) is a series of photographs inspired by Libe Goitia Artetxe’s poetry book, Fast Fatum. The project started last January, when I received an email from the publisher of the book, telling me that the author wanted to use one of my photographs for the cover. When I read it, I was deeply touched by some of the poems, as I was working on my own poetry book, which dealt with similar topics (trauma, otherness, healing…). Or at least that’s what I thought: when you are a writer, you always read other’s work from your own world of meaning and metaphors, especially if you are deep into the writing process.
Libe’s style is very visual. Her poems are like photographs or paintings, sometimes blending with each other as in a double or multiple exposure. That is something I love about poetry: how it is capable of conjuring other worlds, opening doors to other realities. So I wanted to recreate the reality that those poems evoked for me, the place that I visited when I was reading them. To do this, I wrote the phrases that I found more powerful and haunting in a notebook, and then tried to unify those images or stories. The result is this series of ghostly apparitions in the ocean, a woman that is many women, who devours herself, speaks the language of waves and flowers, and writes her poems with blood. She’s like a song: vaporous, wild, destructive, and creative at the same time. And she is not afraid to speak.
Perhaps it was because my interpretation is very personal or because my photographs are too figurative and they reveal too much for a book cover, but in the end we chose another picture for the book, one that doesn’t belong to this project. However, I am very happy with the result. Working with Lara, the model, who is also a writer, was a very beautiful and rewarding experience. I feel that this project was like a red thread that connected different people, experiences and artistic fields. A red thread of fate between women. A poem written in blood, with prisms, double exposures, and purple hues.