Collaborators’ Q&A: Artist Kate Baird: Yes—I think that, generally speaking, making images is a form of translation that takes an idea/intuition/thought and turns it into a material thing. Translator Piotr Florczyk: Anna Świrszczyńska’s work teaches us to say less and mean more while we aim to make sense of ourselves and the world we live in. Translation, the ultimate act of close reading, helps me be a better reader and poet.
Poet Anna Świrszczyńska is a significant Polish poet and playwright of the postwar period. She lived and wrote in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. Translator Piotr Florczyk is a poet, essayist, and translator. He lives in Santa Monica. Artist Kate Baird lives in Springfield, MO. She is a painter and works as teaching artist with Placeworks, an arts outreach program for rural schools.