All of the Spaces
Maria's 2018 pamphlet weaves its way through artistic and personal histories to explore both modernist sculpture and marital unrest. In response to the sculptural ‘poems’ of Salouda Raouda Choucair, structures made of clay, Maria explores the use of white, blank space and gaps in her own exquisitely formed poems, showing a fascination with physical, material artworks. Alongside this immediate imagery are poems that contemplate space and rigidity in personal relationships. Interlinked in this pamphlet, these poems illuminate each other, and form a revealing comment on the different ways we consider fragmentation and realignment.
“This intensely lyrical sequence of poems shapes sculpture into words – vivid, accessible, compelling, but most of all, humane. Sculpture of Nine Verses, for instance, derives from a piece of abstract art, but through its finely controlled language transforms itself into a wonderful interconnected lyric of love, possession and survival.
This is the sort of poetry that gives poetry a good name.” JOHN GLENDAY