On our vacation in February, my husband and I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Virginia Beach where I was first introduced to the artwork of Brazilian-born Vik Muniz. As a new student of mixed media art, I was fascinated by the materials he used and the masterful way he created with them. Today’s poem is in the invented form La’libertas. The final couplet of the poem is a quote from Vik Muniz in his native Portuguese. I’ve also included his TEDtalk from 2003 at the end of the poem.
As children, we are taught it’s rude
To use our hands to eat a meal.
But to your inner child appeal –
Consider art that’s made from food.
Sticky strawberry ooze
Licking peanut buttery fingers
Smears of childhood
Make silly faces
On the table
Creating art to make us feel
Strong emotions as it is viewed
Vik Muniz’s work sets quite a mood
Even with trash, his art appeals.
Society’s forgotten ones
With what we throw away.
“Uma grande parte do tempo que você ficar olhando para a beleza, mas ele já está lá.
E se você olhar com um pouco mais intenção, você vê-lo”