Just pronouncing the word, “ekphrasis” sounds like it should be followed by an exclamation point. It certainly deserves a lot of attention. Ekphrasis is a literary response to a visual work of art. It is a celebration, especially when distinguished poet Polly Brody of Southbury responds to a painting by renowned Bristol artist Lorna Cyr.
Okay, so Michelangelo was commissioned to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but that was some 500 years ago. Today, artist Sharon Leichsenring, named the number one decorative painter in the United States in 2008, thinks nothing of climbing on scaffolding and painting ceilings and cherubs – despite her fear of heights and has climbed 35 feet high to accomplish a commissioned work over a staircase.