Emphasis in Creative Writing or Applied Music
Master of Arts
Judy Halebsky, PhD
Thomas Burke, MFA
Robert Bradford, MA
This creative Master’s Thesis is a collaborative effort between my writings and various visual artistic responses. I submitted my writings to volunteers who agreed to send me a visual or illustrative response to what they read. There were no rules or formatting requirements. The response could be any kind of visual artwork, from a painting, line drawing, or even a photograph. Posting the call for volunteers on Facebook and using simple digital platforms for sharing writing and artwork proved instrumental in enabling this project to reach a global audience.
While this experiment had no expectations or intention at the outset, the effect on both myself and the volunteers had a surprising and positive impact. Participants rediscovered the healing potential of the creative process. Bypassing self-imposed standards and silencing the self-critic opened the door to people finding out that what they have to offer on paper is as important and valuable as a fine work of art. Likewise, every time I received a submission I experienced an overwhelming sense of gratitude and surprise.
As the word ekphrasis represents a literary response to art, there seems not to be a word, or phrase, assigned to the art of creating a visual response to a piece of writing other than illustration, or “ekphrasis in reverse.” The end result is a conversation between writing and art, loaded with trust, emotion, smiles, and some tears. It has been fun, challenging, and a sort of healing experience for all involved.
Makuh, Cara, "Draw Us Something: Ekphrasis In Reverse, A Meeting of Minds" (2019). Master of Arts in Humanities | Master's Theses. 7.