Complementary Voices

Artists speak with the tools they have at hand.

Aimee Aul’s work uses the vocabulary of paint and brush to describe and depict details in nature that often go unnoticed. Her small, intimately observed portraits of stones, leaves and soil are meditations on the experience of looking closely.

Jim Cokas’ work begins with the vocabulary of poetry. Using his own words or those of noted poets, he melds imagery, typography and text to create works of layered meaning. His prints are simultaneously visual and verbal works of art. They help us enter the unique phrasing of each poem, adding depth to the meaning implicit in the written page.

Although they use very different tools, both artists ask us to look closer and deeper at the world we inhabit, especially the natural world so often overlooked in our urban environments. Taking time to be present with nature and ourselves is a pathway to understanding and perhaps to saving both.



On display at the 1888 Center from November 2 through January 3, 2019.

Credit: Jim Cokas