First work in the Word Pictures series. This work will be on display in the foyer of the National Poetry Library until Tuesday 31 March.
Artist Mary Kuper: "Reading the phrase ‘Oh! Chintzy, chintzy cheeriness’, in 'Death in Leamington' by John Betjeman, I was curious to know where the word came from. It was a gift to have a cheetah and a cheap and cheerful fabric linked by their etymology. Usually very structured in my working method, my plan with these prints is to work intuitively with whatever materials seem appropriate to each word, relying on the letterpress and typewritten definitions to hold the series together. Here I used stencils and a cut up floral plastic cloth to print from."