Dorothy’s Colour is a sequence of paintings and poems in conversation with Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journals, by poet Sarah Corbett and visual artist Zoe Benbow. Zoe’s paintings respond to the Grasmere landscape, its trees, rivers and tarns, and reference the colour palette—yellows, blues, greys and greens—of Dorothy’s journal entries. The accompanying poem sequence, ‘A Perfect Mirror’, weaves extracts from the journals together with Sarah’s responses to the landscape, and forms the centrepiece of her eponymous 2018 poetry collection. Images and poems from Dorothy’s Colour will be displayed as part of our digital installations, shown on a loop throughout the festival.
To learn more about the project, join Sarah Corbett and Zoe Benbow for their Meet the Artist event on Saturday afternoon.
Dorothy’s Colour was completed after Zoe and Sarah’s residency at the Wordsworth Trust in spring of 2017, and exhibited at Grasmere and Lancaster University in 2017, and the Poetry Cafe, London, in 2018, and was funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, Lancaster University and the Wordsworth Trust.