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Collateral Beauty

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Collateral Beauty

by Maryam Lary | Performed by Lauren Knight

As a writer and a poet, I wanted to explore a new way for people to experience my voice through an art piece that represents my feelings and gives the viewer an idea of what poetry entails. With digital integrations of sensors embedded in the art piece, the project’s objective is to connect the audience to feelings, images, and expressions during the writing process, away from the text and traditional poetry.

This project is a journey of self-discovery, it’s the poet’s emotions and words translated into a physical design. It’s built to involve the audience in its expression. The viewer gets to sense the voice of the poet in its digital integrations of touch, sound, and imagery. The concept was born by using my love for traditional poetry and going a step further by creating a digital artwork that portrays, emotions of pain, self-worth, and healing in an artistic design. Each element projects an in-depth view of sensations. The heart represents all the mixed feelings a person can go through in life, the girl in her position, illustrates fear, sadness, and confusion. However, the upper grid represents the beauty of our pain, hope, the power to heal, rise, and flourish above all the hardships of life.

The concept started simple, by drawing an art visual that combines digital components of motion sensors and sound systems to represent my poetry in a new format of an interactive experience. As time progressed, it transformed into something more defined and complex. By using an artistic view to give my vision more of a 4D look to convey my emotions. The viewer is able to touch different parts of the heart to feel poetry away from its traditional style. The project takes into consideration, the user’s experience and the power of design. All the materials used are carefully chosen with love and keeping the audience in mind.

A MOMENT OF GRATITUDE

Let me take a moment, 
To thank you for passing by and being a part of this journey,
Let me take a moment,
To tell you that you are loved and worthy,
No matter how much pain your story may unfold,
Please be delicate when you touch this piece,
For this is not just an art of poetry,
This is my heart, in your hands…

A MOMENT OF GRATITUDE

Let me take a moment, 
To thank you for passing by and being a part of this journey,
Let me take a moment,
To tell you that you are loved and worthy,
No matter how much pain your story may unfold,
Please be delicate when you touch this piece,
For this is not just an art of poetry,
This is my heart, in your hands…

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