Work by Jacqui Milbourne :: Poem by Gerda Stevenson

textile art

From Quines by Gerda Stevenson

Artist’s statement

Title of work: Dancing Down, Down

Memories of seeing the lovely Moira Shearer in the film ‘The Red Shoes’ prompted me to choose this poem for interpretation into a textile piece and many possible ideas presented themselves. These gradually solidified into one main theme: structure and rhythm, both of which give rise to movement.

A poem has a structure which, in this poem’s case, has a clear rhythm. Read out loud that rhythm becomes clear, almost musical. Music too, especially when composed for a dance, has a rhythm constructed to aid and guide a dancer’s movements. Written on manuscript paper the pattern evokes feet dancing across the page. A dance is developed following a designated pattern. The construction often appears quite mathematical when set out on paper, being both repetitive and rhythmical.

The construction of a shoe requires precision and is based on the measurements and proportions of the human foot. Understanding the manner of how and where a foot bends, how it rises and falls, underlies the construction of a shoe and movement. These in turn lead to the development of a dance, a dancer and so onto a poem about the dancer herself.