Gerda Govine Ituarte Mines poetry from her encounters during the creation of "DesEscondido" and publishes a book.
From Gerda's prologue to "Poetry Within Reach in Unexpected Places":
Poetry Within Reach in Unexpected Places is a testamentto my experience that poetic words and phrases are hidden in everyday conversations. I interacted and collaborated with Public Address artists, California Center for the Arts staff, and diverse
community members and organizations. This included reading poetry at Escondido City Council meetings and connecting with Poets Inc. based in Escondido. An array of written materials and videos were part of the information gathering process. I composed poems based on the collection of words and phrases that I harvested for the Exhibit “DesEscondido/No Longer Hidden,” and artwork created by Public Address artists, which enabled the poems to serve as a thread that runs through the exhibit tapestry outside and inside of the Museum.
Eighteen months of dialogue
listen discover taste words
infused with remnants of past
bear witness to what’s next as
we grow in the shade of our dreams.
Public Address, a group of San Diego (and beyond) artists, who came together 18 years ago to correct the ills of the public art sector. We are now a diverse twenty. DesEscondido/No Longer Hidden is our first museum exhibition. Individually and collaboratively we are reimagining the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum realm with public work in a private space that addresses and celebrates our most cherished ideals, concerns and history.
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