Changes of shape, new forms are the theme which my spirit impels me
now to recite. Inspire me … and spin me a thread from the world’s beginning
down to my own lifetime, in one continuous poem.
Following Ovid’s words as a guideline, I created a drawing from the world’s beginning to Ovid’s lifetime in one continuous line. The line starts its transformations into different shapes from the tip of the pen; first to appear are the heaven, sea, and the earth, then, moving upwards, Deucalion and Pyrrha, Daphne, Io, followed by numerous other transformations. The line climbs upwards to the head as it transforms into many forms of birds, and comes down to the shoulder forming the ruins of war marking the beginning of Rome. The transformation ends as it reaches the apotheosis, completing the image of the poet. This thread of metamorphoses is eventually the poet himself who spun the thread, which allows Ovid to declare himself immortal upon finishing the poem: “this finer part of myself shall sweep me into eternity, higher than all the stars (Epilogue).”
Soomin Kang, CC '16, is studying philosophy and visual arts. Her interests in art include digital art, film, and other forms that incorporate mixed media.