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The Cat Killed Curiosity

Margaret Atwood famously said, “A word after a word after a word is power” and Georgia O’Keeffe said, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way--things I had no words for.” A collaboration between sisters Beverly Patterson (visual artist) and Barbara Campbell (poet), this artwork combines both of these ideas. This piece that has unique readings based on the viewer's perspective. From the left, the poem "The Cat Killed Curiosity" is viewable and from the right the idioms are reversed to form a new poem entitled "Curiosity Killed the Cat." Head on, letters float among a flock of birds as the sun sets over the sea. What do you see?

Award: 2022 Sanchez Art Center Exhibition Award Winner: 65th Annual Awards Exhibition will be in Fall, 2023

3D poetry: The Cat Killed Curiosity

Title: "The Cat Killed Curiosity"

Medium: Fujicolor crystal archive maxima matte paper accordion folded

Size: 20"x24" framed

Limited edition


3D poetry detail: The Cat Killed Curiosity


Like the ocean waves and the rising and setting of the sun, the ouroboros expresses the unity of all things, material and spiritual, which disappear and re-appear; life perpetually changing form in an eternal cycle of destruction and re-creation.

Ouroboros artwork

Title: "Ouroboros"

Medium: Watercolor paper accordion folded

Size: 20"x24" framed

Limited edition


Detail of Ouroboros artwork

love & hope

Two simple four-letter words that convey powerful emotions and inspire meaningful action: love and hope. Interdependent and intertwined, love and hope need one another to survive. Sometimes obscured, other times in clear sight – sometimes lost, but always there.

3D poetry: LOVE & HOPE

Title: "love & hope"

Medium: ChromaLuxe high-definition metal sublimation print, accordion folded

Size: 16"x30"  

Limited edition


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