Found poems/visual poems

Found poems/visual poems

It’s surprising how rife poetry is in our daily environments; on signs, scribbled on bathroom walls, blaring from footprint splattered flyers…

2 June 2017  //  Remi Graves

It’s surprising how rife poetry is in our daily environments

A sign near Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, USA regarding New Mexico Land Grant issues that reads ‘Earth or Death, Zapata Lives’.

I had loads of fun this week playing around with images and moments captured from daily experiences. Trying to stay as simple as possible I played around with a Snapchat aesthetic and slipped language into nooks and crannies of photos, encouraging the viewer to look closer at the images and their possible meanings.

Donald Trump’s Office
Liverpool speaks

What’s more, I caught up with Ben Peppiat and Stephanie Bickford Smith (two artists working on a great project forthcoming on!) to ask them a little about the world of social media and how it impacts our creation of, and interaction with Art. Ben’s insightful answer below offers an even more poignant context for the photopoems (is that a word?) that I’m sharing today. I hope the different pieces encourage a more sustained appreciation of the art we are exposed to daily. 

Little Hardman Street, speaks directly to King John (the ruler at the time Magna Carta was signed), also known as ‘The Cowardly King John!

Ben Peppiat, artist, on social media:

“There is a huge amount of creative energy that is facilitated by social media and this can only be a good thing. But Art needs a certain environment to be adequately absorbed and reflected upon – the gallery is the traditional space for this but a simple book experienced in a comfortable chair still constitutes a contemplative experience. Our work is all about exploring whether the internet and social media is too focused on consumption rather that contemplation. While everyone may be be exercising the creative prowess of artists, the platforms they share their creativity on are working against the audience’s absorption of what they are seeing.

Unarmed Untitled


With our artwork* we have borrowed the cut up technique of William S. Burroughs, making very few decisions in the content we choose other than how it can be chopped to allow for interesting new combinations. The lyrical creativity is in the content, we have merely tried to create an environment where it can be considered in more depth. We are not sure if this elevates it to the level of “art” but it we believe it creates a more meditative experience than the scroll of the news feed.”

*Check next week to find out more about the artwork Ben is referring to!