I spent half an hour this morning at the Masterworks Gallery where I met the artist Emily Valentine whose work is currently exhibited there.
Emily's sculpture "Mynah Messiah" was the inspiration for my poem of the same name, in issue #30 of JAAM. I gave her my copy.
Typically, I was a bundle of nerves and barely got a coherent word out, but Emily was very lovely and told me all about her inspiration and some of the process behind her work. As she smoothed some of the feathers on the pieces suspended from the ceiling with wires, I asked if people often got the urge to touch her work (I was fighting it). She said these ruffles were from people bumping into the work.
We talked about each piece in the exhibition. She told me "Air Gull" was inspired by the "Miracle on the Hudson", and lots of other stuff.
On my way out, I bumped my head on "Peacoctalina".