Come Up and See My Artwork: Poet Laureate's Entry

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Just back from Myanmar (Burma), I've been catching up on the See My Artwork! contest entries during the long nights of jet lag-induced insomnia. Next week I'll share some images of apartment living, Rangoon-style, but this week I thought I'd stay close to home.

By virtue of getting to live with an artist, the painter and illustrator Erica Harris, I get to live with a lot of art as well. In concession to my modernist aesthetic, our bedroom and living room are pretty spare, but we splash out a bit more in the den, mixing Erica's "pocket collages" with mounted vintage gameboards and art by Kelly Lynn Jones, Amy Ruppel, and others. Franklin the cat, who's a real piece of work himself, seems to like it.

And since Erica's studio is in our home, there's always a profusion of art there in various stages of completion:

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Erica's art even makes its way to our media and book shelves: her work appears on the cover of the excellent Ian Love's new disc and on Mark McAdam's upcoming cd "Calvacade"; her paintings appear on books by Carol Emshwiller and Kellie Wells.

Paintbrushes in the sink and turpentine in the air notwithstanding, living with art is one of my favorite parts of the art of living.

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