Words and images


November 06, 1997|By John Dorsey

"I am haunted by characters, by images," writes Elisabeth Stevens, and 40 of those images are gathered in the exhibit "Word into Image: Visualizations of Fiction, Poetry and Other Imaginings" at the College of Notre Dame. Stevens, former art critic of The Sun, is a writer of short stories and poetry, and an artist who creates images to accompany her writing. The exhibit includes, from "Fire & Water: Six Stories," linoleum block prints with an occasionally expressionist feel, but also a humorous touch in the picture with the story "An Old Lover." More than half of these works are etchings, in which Stevens gives visual vent to her fertile and sometimes frightening imagination. Aside from her book illustrations, Stevens works in larger forms in which she marries text and image, as in the etching and narrative "Ma," which is a tribute to womanhood, and the etching and poem "Lost Petunias," in which, as the artist notes, the flowers cast their shadows over the poem.

At Gormley Gallery, Fourier Hall, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St., through Dec. 1. 8: 30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and the same hours on these weekend days only: Nov. 8, 9, 15, 22, 23. For information, call 410-435-0100.

Pub Date: 11/06/97

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