Dress Poems

 

Dress Poems

For 1000 Patronen, Ntiense Eno Amooquaye was invited by curators ‘Wit.h’ to exhibit hand screen printed works on linen and a printed silk dress. These works created the setting for her performance of a newly published collection of ‘Dress Poems’. Her poem ‘The Model’ addresses the image of the fashion model, ‘Standing on the stage/ She is Juliet/ Reading her own script.’ The second poem ‘Flax like an Ocean’ explores themes from Amooquaye's wide reading about the history of linen and lace production and also the shared history of Europe, in particular the figure of Matilda of Flanders who became Queen of England in 1051.

 

 

 

The Model

 

Neckline are diamonds

The image of the model is posing

Bending her shoulders like a curtain

Silky

Fans

The shape of the leaf

Beauty products

The reflection on the woman's body

She sees the sunshine through the window

Standing on the stage

She is Juliet

Reading her own script.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flax like an Ocean

 

Matilda of Flanders

1031 to 1083

The Queen of England

Wearing her own robe

It floats back

Brooch is holding flowered gold

 

Jewels are shaped like

Eyes

They have colours red ruby,

Sapphire blue

 

Hands to work on lace

Threading

The shape joined

Together

 

Dress Poems Film

 

Bobbins are twisting

Pattern nets

 

When I saw

What happened

The century

Back in the days

Found the boxes of veils and

Robes to wear

 

Proposals put

On dress and ring

Hem to needle

 

The pattern is still life

Work as portrait

 

Jewel dress

Paradise bird wings

 

Against the background

And balance wall to wall

Side by side

In the hiding place

 

Tapestry sew in and out

Silent letters flow like

A river

 

The light of the shadow

Becoming heavyweight

Drop like lightening as

Strong wave throwing

 

Empty dress is loose

Cut less moving

 

To breathe and kiss

And to move up and

Down

To make room

In silent move slowly

 

Travelling on the body

And hold side by side and forward

Gently

With the hair putting hands

Through up and down

 

Pin to stow and prick

To wear

Spinning wheel thoughts

Having memories

 

Having a word

Forever with both rings

 

Union to have a flag

For life and future love

 

Flax like an ocean

Planted with seed below

The earth is among

 

Linseed stone lemons

Coloured brazil brown

 

Silk blue flowers

Tall green stems

Five petals

Reflect the light

 

The name of the colourful

Bird is paradise

Beautiful one

 

Earth to compassion

Fallen to catch and make

Palms made of coal

 

Tonic forest streams

Of love make one word

Waterfall.