|Cat Chow, Lisa Chavez
Love and War
reclaimed suitcases, sand, hand-painted
21" x 100" 60"
wind on water
Artist Cat Chow and Poet Lisa Chavez
The creation of Love and War became a true collaboration between artist and poet in which each of us
brought our individual strengths and openness to what the work could be and to what form it could take.
Although language plays an important role in my own art making practice, I rarely use words so directly in
my work other than in titles. I have always been inspired by the text-based works of the artist Mel Bochner
and was excited to explore this collaborative process with a poet. I often think of myself as an artist who is
equal parts poet, philosopher and social commentator. –Cat Chow
What I liked about this collaboration was how it helped me think outside of my normal style: I abandoned
some of my firmly held ideas of what poetry is in order to make words an element of a larger artistic vision.
I gave up the idea of an obvious narrative, and instead thought of each word as an object that would be an
element of a much more imagistic whole—each word had to be both word and stone. The results are much
more abstract than what I usually write, and that has been a welcome stretch for me as a writer. –Lisa