I have been very fortunate in so many of you enjoying my work, so much so that some have purchased actual artwork from me, or images of my work as prints, products and even throw pillows.
Trust that I do not take it lightly or for granted, I have met so many wonderful people here and in person over my artwork. I enjoy hearing how people feel, or what they see, when they experience a new piece of my artwork, especially in person.
Recently I was sent an email from a high school student requesting information on "Applied Science". I was truly honored that one of my pieces of artwork was not only being requested, but was to be connected with literature.
Here is her email.
"I happened upon your work while I was searching for a piece to connect to a poem I had recently read. I am an eleventh grader at Sumner High School, and my English teacher is requiring us to connect literature with visual art. I need information about your piece called "Applied Science" in order to cite it correctly in my paper. Would you please tell me:
Description of the medium
Name of the Collection
A quick response would be very much appreciated.
I was beyond excited about her interest in my artwork, that i sent her the information.
I then received a response back.
Thank you so much for the information you sent regarding your art. I really do feel as though it embodies the poem I analyzed perfectly. It helped me a lot. I am attaching you a word document with the final essay that I will present to my English III teacher on Monday. Thanks for all your help!
As you can image, i was truly fascinated to now read her essay and requested, if she could, to please send me a copy of her finished work.
It was amazing to me to read what Kristie saw in this piece, to read how she put it together with this poem. I was truly moved!
Kristie analysed a poem by Yusef Kommunyakaa, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, and my painting titled "Applied Science" for her Literary Analysis and Ekphrasis Essay.
Here are excerpts from her essay.
"The poem that I have chosen to analyze is from Dien Cai Dau entitled “Between Days”. This poem is mostly about the loss, longing, and remembrance of a loved one that was lost in a war. Sabina D’Antonio’s piece of abstract art called “Applied Science” represents this poem tremendously well."
"I chose Sabina D’Antonio’s piece as a representation of this poem because I feel as though it signifies what this poem is mostly about. “Applied Science” is a piece of acrylic on canvas abstract art. D’Antonio is entirely self-taught (D’Antonio). The mix of colors in the middle of the painting make me think of the confusion that woman must have gone through—not knowing if her loved one would return. Along the outer edge of the canvas, dark blue paint is present. I believe that the contrast in the colors shows the difference between two beliefs. The woman in the poem believes that her lover will eventually return, after everyone else has already given up hope. The slanted yellow strokes make me think of tracer ammunition, which, in the poem, are compared to fireflies. These yellow lines signify not only how destructive the war was, but that the woman’s faith that may be taking shots with each passing day without her loved one. The black splotches that surround the outside edge of the painting signify sadness and death. With each passing day, the woman dies a little on the inside. The red and white pigments show the passion, pain, and longing that accompany love and loss: exactly what that woman must have gone through (D’Antonio).
All in all, this poem taught me different things. I learned that pain accompanies love, and that true love endures forever. It isn’t about spending time with someone who makes you immeasurably happy. It’s about being able to hold on to something that seems so distant, but yet is present in your heart all the while. Things happen, and people make mistakes. But having the faith—believing that it will all come together in the end—will keep hearts burning strong and memories alive. Forever. Yusef Kommunyakaa has a gift. The rare ability to conceal lessons and feelings that are so deep, under just average words. That’s what poetry is all about. This poem is about more than just a woman waiting for someone to get back home. It is about the loss and longing of missing something that’s a piece of you. And wanting it back. The artwork by D’Antonio depicts this perfectly. The artwork and the poem paint a picture that, for me, is difficult to forget."
I am truly honored Kristie.