Below you will find two multimedia works by Jade Fleming and Rachel Hsu, published online as part of our cross-genre and interdisciplinary issue, APIARY 12: The Genre Jawn. Check out our print issue for more written work from both of these multitalented artists!
Two other poems by this author can be found in our print issue HERE.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jade Fleming is an emerging poet and lyrical essayist currently residing in Philly. Xey are a black nonbinary poet with a B.A. in Literature and Concentration in Creative Writing. Xeir writings often broach topics of mental health, identity, ancestry, and the supernatural.
The full text of this piece can be found in our print issue here.
My mother has lived away from her homeland for thirty years and I now live two thousand eight hundred miles away from mine. Why do we yearn for a place we rationally know is not the same as in our memory or imagination? From the soft blue of retreating horizons to the illusory, deep blue of the ocean, the color is emblematic of the permanently unattainable. The color of distance and of desire.
Inspired by absence, relational ruptures, and slippages in translation, my work engages the yearning that emerges from distance and displacement. Loss and longing are intertwined, and to fully experience both requires time and endurance. Whether it is the labor demanded by language-learning and cultural assimilation or the acute pain that healing necessitates, my work urges mental exertion and emotional endurance to be felt in one’s body.
I ask viewers to submerge into longing; to acknowledge desire as a sensation worth cherishing rather than an obstruction to overcome.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rachel Hsu (b. 1992, Seattle, WA) is a Philadelphia-based interdisciplinary artist who works with visual art, language, and poetry. She holds an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture and a BFA from Western Washington University.