Memento Mori: A Virtual Conversation with the Artists
October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for a virtual conversation (including a poetry reading!) with photographer/artist, Melissa T. Hall, and poet, Missy Brownson in conjunction with their October exhibition, Memento Mori.
Memento Mori, is an ekphrastic experiment featuring the work of Hall and Brownson. Ekphrasis is a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art. Memento Mori, Latin for “remember you will die”, is inspired by Hall’s fight with cancer and her own substantial brush with mortality. The series, however, is not a meditation on death. Rather, after four years in remission, Hall offers this exhibition as a reminder to embrace mortality and allow that knowledge to motivate you to live each day fully. Providing Brownson with a flood of inspiration, she was able to connect with Hall’s images, relating them to either her own experiences or the experiences of other women. It is from this empathetic perspective that the accompanying poems were written.
Melissa T. Hall is a narrative photographer/artist based in Lexington. Feeling something was missing after starting a career in computer science, she returned to school in Florida to study studio art and photography. Hall thrives on setting up elaborate photo shoots in dilapidated, abandoned locations. She employs models, vintage clothing, and various props to craft her stories. Her work is completed by combining her photography with encaustic medium and oil paint. Hall’s motivation is to expose the beauty in the midst of ruin.
Poet Missy Brownson resides in Georgetown, Kentucky, and works as a director at a Frankfort-based educational organization. Her chapbook, Hush Candy, was published by Broadstone Books in 2018. Brownson, a graduate of Earlham College and participant in the MFA program at Murray State University, didn’t begin writing poetry in earnest until 2007 when she returned to her hometown of Owensboro, where she reconnected with creative writing legend David Bartholomy and met poet Kelly Moffett. Brownson’s work reflects her obsessions with sound and exploring the complexity of women’s lived experiences.
Please register to receive a link to this virtual event. Also, be sure to check out the exhibition, which will be featured in the PSPL lobby throughout the month of October. For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at email@example.com.