Florilingua - Shani Rhys James

Florilingua - the book which accompanied Shani Rhys James’ touring 2013 exhibition of paintings and an installation which distilled the motifs of her recent work into a three dimensional audio experience.


Here are Rhys James’ characteristic wild wallpapers, menacing chandeliers and other domestic items in a specially created room, in which poems appear from amidst flowers. Seven poets respond to the situations in the paintings to create a compelling dialogue between paint and word on issues of domesticity, the relationship of women and home, rootlessness and what the places in which we live say about us. The responding poets are: Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, Menna Elfyn, Jasmine Donahaye, Amy Wack, Pele Cox and Patrick Christopher Kavanagh.

Hardback Book published by Seren. 2013.

Florilingua - Shani Rhys James