The Bones of Time
Project Ekphrasis, a joint venture between Carola Colley and Usha Kishore, resulted in Usha’s poetisation of Carola’s series of 8 abstract plein air paintings entitled The Bones of Time. These paintings illustrate the Manx landscape. All the landscape sites, chosen as subjects in this series of paintings, have some archaeological significance. Usha’s poems closely follow Carola Colley’s work; they explore the archaeological elements, elaborating on oil painting techniques and terms, while imparting personal interpretation to the artwork. Some of these poems have been featured in the Lindfield Arts Festival, West Sussex, in May 2013 as posters and have been published in the Lindfield Arts Festival Souvenir anthology entitled “Poems for the People,” July 2013. All 8 paintings were part of Usha’s first poetry collection, On Manannan’s Isle (2014). Three poems and artwork from this project were recently featured in the Threads Across Waters, an exhibition of poetry and artwork at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Carola was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She completed a degree in sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art, and from there spent several years living and working in Portugal and Hungary before settling on the Isle of Man in 1993. Carola ran a continuous program of workshops for children, adults and SEBD children from the studio while exhibiting widely.
She currently divides her time between studios in Banbury and Portugal, working in a variety of media. Her work is inspired both by direct observation and the history of landscape, and by weaving in elements of myth, memory and poetry.
Usha Kishore is an Indian born British poet and translator resident on the Isle of Man, where she teaches English at the Queen Elizabeth II High School. Usha’s poetry has been published internationally in journals, including Aesthetica, Asia Literary Review Bare Fiction Magazine, Index on Censorship, Poetry Salzburg Review, South Asian Ensemble, South Asian Review, The French Literary Review, The Frogmore Papers, The Stinging Fly and The Warwick Review. She has also been anthologised by Macmillan, Hodder Wayland and Oxford University Press (UK) and Harper Collins and Orient BlackSwan (India). Her poetry is part of British Primary and Indian Middle School and Undergraduate syllabi. She won the Exiled Writers Ink Poetry Competition in 2014 and the Pre-Raphaelite Poetry Prize in 2013. She is the author of two poetry collections and one book of translation from the Sanskrit. Her third poetry collection is forthcoming from Eyewear Publishing, London, in Autumn 2017. Usha has read at various venues and festivals including Manx LitFest, Manannan Festival, Manx Radio, Near FM Dublin, Indian High Commission, London and the House of Lords.