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Contributions by Undine Brod:

“The Great Wall of China”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet Juan Pablo Mobili: Undine’s image had me think about what my son might have been looking at—seeing, really—with his back to me. That was something I had not considered before, even when I was revising my poem. Artist Undine Brod: When I see the final broadside, I tend to feel an easing up in my mind or somewhere in my body. Once the two parts are unified, I feel the process is complete and the intention fulfilled. It isn’t necessarily a shift in the work that is brought to light, but rather a whole new work. 

Poet Juan Pablo Mobili was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and adopted by New York a long time ago. His poems received an Honorable Mention from the Creators of Justice Award from the International Human Rights Art Festival. Artist Undine Brod’s work primarily addresses the human condition using animals as stand-ins for people. She currently lives in Rhinebeck, NY and travels to attend residences, give presentations, and teach.

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“Buen Consejo (Good Advice)”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet Allison Escoto: [polyphony]  feels especially timely right now, when so often we come up against the idea that there is only ONE way to do things and the pervasive notion that going backwards is somehow better than adapting to a changing world with no room for diversity. Artist Undine Brod: …there are so many different views and varying beliefs in this world; one person’s important work of art could be a piece that I want to destroy or destroys me emotionally. Art is necessary to our existence.

Poet Allison Escoto is a poet and head librarian at the Center for Fiction in NYC and Associate Editor of Newtown Literary Journal. Artist Undine Brod’s primary medium is clay that she combines with found objects of domestic origins. Her work addresses the human condition.

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“Lost Souls”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What is behind your choice of this piece of art in response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis? Artist Undine Brod: Although not made with refugees in mind at all, I chose to submit the piece “Lost Souls” to Broadsided for the Syrian Refugees Responses call, because these figures speak to me about being adrift. It is not a piece with much hope; rather, the figures are stuck to the wall as if forced …

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“Ghazal for the Woman from Vitez”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What inspired you to “dibs” this poem? Artist Undine Brod: Mostly I think I was drawn to the imagery that floated in my mind when I read the poem for the first time. Further, I was drawn to reading the poem over and over because it talks about how words aren’t enough, aren’t clear, are limited and yet this art form—poetry—is all about words. Did the visual artist refract any element of the poem …

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“A Coat”

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Poet: William Butler Yeats. Artist Undine Brod earned a BFA in Ceramic Art and a BA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Washington. Currently she lives and works in New York City and has exhibited her work in the Pacific Northwest, New York and internationally. Image: Paper collage, 8½” x 11″

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