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A person, outlined in black, lassos two puffy clouds with long ropes, all against an abstract patchwork of rectangles in the background of this horizontal painting. Many of the rectangles are cream white and others are muted tones of pink, beige, tan, and blue. Some darker sage green, violet, and brick-red rectangles are scattered across the bottom of the composition. A narrow band across the top of the painting is made up of triangles in pale blues, yellows, and pinks. The person is drawn with thin black lines and superimposed over the background. This person stands on the right side facing our left, almost in profile. His feet are widely planted and his knees bent. His mouth is wide open, and his curly, shoulder-length hair hides his eyes. He wears a floppy cap on the back of his head. His costume has long sleeves underneath a jerkin-style jacket and loose, knee-length pants. He has a belt with a dagger hanging off his right hip, and a small pouch over his left hip. His arms extend straight out in front of his body, with a thick, twisted rope wrapped around each forearm. He pulls the ropes taut to catch clouds in the upper center and lower left. A few wisps of clouds fill the upper left corner. A small sailboat floats near the center of the composition on a horizon line that bisects the canvas. Near the boat, swirls and streaks of sky and navy blue, crimson red, and sunflower yellow funnel from a wide base along the left edge of the canvas to a narrow band across the center.

Sigmar Polke, Hope is: Wanting to Pull Clouds, 1992, polyester resin and acrylic on canvas, Gift of the Collectors Committee, 1993.59.1

Reflective Writing for the New Year

  • Saturday, January 15, 2022
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Registration Required

Guided by local teaching artist Mary Hall Surface

Make connections, both visual and verbal, by looking close and reflecting on an evocative painting by Sigmar Polke. Discover new ways in the new year to consider and capture these inspirations. They can become fertile ground—for memoir, poetry, or other projects.

Use the writing tools or software you prefer for this workshop.

Questions? Send a message to [email protected].