Portrait Studies, Proposal for a Public Artwork dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe, A Collaboration with Robert Olson
Poe’s struggle between sensation and abstraction, a conundrum that governed both his life and his literary production, is our artwork’s dominant theme. The split of thinker and feeler, man and child, son and mother, subject and object, real and imaginary, often felt to be irreconcilable, drove his work and his interest in artistic unity.
Poe’s figure is mirrored by the ambiguous shrouded figure which reappears throughout his fiction and which seemed to haunt his life. This apparition is a symbol of the triumph of sensation over thought which was his declaration of independence from the literary establishment.