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FRANCIS IKE
NO. 19 | POEMS | WISHES | ELEGY OF THE OIL GROUND | THE CONMAN

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PLASTIC POETRY

BIO-SKETCH OF AN ARTIST-POET

Francis Ike was born in Lagos, on May 27 1970 and hails
from Oguta in Imo State. He attended University of
Port Harcourt and University of Nigeria for his B. A.
And M.F.A. degrees respectively. He has held
some exhibitions including Terrain of the mind
in 1996. Realities" scheduled for the first
quarter of next 2002 has painted poetry-
written poetry.

ARTIST STATEMENT

It is generally accepted that colour is a conveyor of
feelings, it can also possess mental sound, which is
different from articulate sound, hence such concepts
as ut Pictora Poesis or Muta Poesis suffixes as
variant forms of visual poetry.

From the above therefore, it becomes plausible to
harness the intrinsic communicative qualities of
colour and cause it to give mental voice of poetic
essence from written form to its visual cognate form.
Through a devolution of emotional content from written
to painted poetry a visual apotheosis of the former is
arrived at, as well as a hybridization of the text and
the visual form into what I call Plastic Poetry or
Artlyric as Barthosa Nkurumeh writes about.
The form of this work covers painting
on different surfaces, installations and drawings.
Herein are some poems by the artist.


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