The thin line between poetry and visual art

  • chiel te bokkel / illustration design

Chiel te Bokkel (Illustration Design) makes graphic stories as well as illustrations. In contrast to the classic comics that often separate words from images, for example, by using text balloons, he tries to bring word and image together into one visual form.


“I try to merge the content and the viewing experience. My thesis (Word and Image) discusses the thin line between poetry and visual art, a topic that dates back to as far as Horace in ancient Italy. But certainly in modern art, where visual art has become philosophy (e.g. Fountain, Marcel Duchamp, 1917) and where poetry has become visual art (e.g. Boem Paukeslag, Paul van Ostaijen, 1921) the two art forms appear very much connected.