Kohl King

Series Entry 6.1


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Series 6

Kohl King and Amber Nelson

Amber Nelson and Kohl King’s work is embodied in layered materials and language, grappling with the complicated act of being. Each piece speaks to the frailty of the human condition, to navigating within time, space, and relationships. They explore what it means to be human, what it means to mean, and how things break and can be broken in ways that may or may not be on the surface, and the all-important act of survival.

Liminality

to transfer of our broken angles

we are bound and dressing

these bodies grown parallel

these angels given body

bodies given to what it means to connect

and to separate

meaning your head and my hand

my hand is a mind

I mean I think I mean I want

to hold your hand

to press your fingers against my face

I know what your wrist smells like

it smells like summer

I mean it smells like humid earth

I mean dirty with trees

I mean I know you that well

what happens in the dark

what happens under cover

we are in pain

and to have you point your point to feel

pointed in the world together how

we move our bodies

our bodies broken limbed and attached liminal

me pressed you pressed

into impression by which I mean

we feel

each other

and apart

a need to turn away

to not look on each others noses

to not witness the other’s root systems

and still

I want to feel your hand on my spine

to feel you sign

to tell me you will always be there

to know that we are safe

and we are reaching


Amber Nelson

Series Entry 6.2


Description

Series 6

Kohl King and Amber Nelson

Amber Nelson and Kohl King’s work is embodied in layered materials and language, grappling with the complicated act of being. Each piece speaks to the frailty of the human condition, to navigating within time, space, and relationships. They explore what it means to be human, what it means to mean, and how things break and can be broken in ways that may or may not be on the surface, and the all-important act of survival.


Kohl King

Series Entry 6.3


Description

Series 6

Kohl King and Amber Nelson

Amber Nelson and Kohl King’s work is embodied in layered materials and language, grappling with the complicated act of being. Each piece speaks to the frailty of the human condition, to navigating within time, space, and relationships. They explore what it means to be human, what it means to mean, and how things break and can be broken in ways that may or may not be on the surface, and the all-important act of survival.

Articulate & Bloodless

we are never safe

in our bodies because our bodies

are flesh and bone and the flesh wounds

and the bone breaks or wears or

turns to stone

the stone to dust

the dust breaking down

our bodies becoming the dirt

don’t say the words we’ll be ok

sometimes we are the toughness

of stone and sometimes

the toughness worn down over time

under water falling

the weight and gravity

we bandage it all up

you misunderstand happiness

I am overwhelmed by gratitude

for my flesh

torn as it is and my bones

and the warm and bloody hearts

beating in all the bodies

but don’t say we are safe don’t say

it’ll be ok

words are words just breath

just sound through open mouths

just meaningless don’t open your mouth

for lies my skull lies as a broken skull

no sound comes out

no meaningless words I move

my body is the dust that rolls

off the jagged stone the bloody heart

you ate its tender flesh

don’t say anything but don’t leave

words are just words and mean nothing

and we are all trapped all bourne

in the stone

and on top of it all

on top of the marble slab

there’s still the rest of my heart

for you to eat

and somewhere in the dust

I’m sure there are flowers


Amber Nelson

Series Entry 6.4


Description

Series 6

Kohl King and Amber Nelson

Amber Nelson and Kohl King’s work is embodied in layered materials and language, grappling with the complicated act of being. Each piece speaks to the frailty of the human condition, to navigating within time, space, and relationships. They explore what it means to be human, what it means to mean, and how things break and can be broken in ways that may or may not be on the surface, and the all-important act of survival.


Kohl King

Series Entry 6.5


Description

Series 6

Kohl King and Amber Nelson

Amber Nelson and Kohl King’s work is embodied in layered materials and language, grappling with the complicated act of being. Each piece speaks to the frailty of the human condition, to navigating within time, space, and relationships. They explore what it means to be human, what it means to mean, and how things break and can be broken in ways that may or may not be on the surface, and the all-important act of survival.


Kohl King

Series Entry 6.6


Description

Series 6

Kohl King and Amber Nelson

Amber Nelson and Kohl King’s work is embodied in layered materials and language, grappling with the complicated act of being. Each piece speaks to the frailty of the human condition, to navigating within time, space, and relationships. They explore what it means to be human, what it means to mean, and how things break and can be broken in ways that may or may not be on the surface, and the all-important act of survival.

Fulmination

you built the water

to sparkle violent

as the sun

as frayed steel

as fine needles that firework

into the sky instead of sewing sails

or drawing blood

built the water

to fall like wooden corpses

their tethered limbs

accord in cord

entwined

the stream shines

to instruments

a bouquet of bang

a bouquet

of rattlesnakes

such music dangles

dangerous with gravity

and plays upon itself

arms slip hook an arm

slips grasps at clasps

clasping clasps grasping

at water slipping

from the sky

in the swing and clatter

arms brush

against each other

belong to

each other

rush in the wind

in the wind

your hand


Amber Nelson

Series Entry 6.7


Description

Series 6

Kohl King and Amber Nelson

Amber Nelson and Kohl King’s work is embodied in layered materials and language, grappling with the complicated act of being. Each piece speaks to the frailty of the human condition, to navigating within time, space, and relationships. They explore what it means to be human, what it means to mean, and how things break and can be broken in ways that may or may not be on the surface, and the all-important act of survival.


Kohl King

Series Entry 6.8


Description

Series 6

Kohl King and Amber Nelson

Amber Nelson and Kohl King’s work is embodied in layered materials and language, grappling with the complicated act of being. Each piece speaks to the frailty of the human condition, to navigating within time, space, and relationships. They explore what it means to be human, what it means to mean, and how things break and can be broken in ways that may or may not be on the surface, and the all-important act of survival.

What’s Broken May Still Stand

some things are at stake

or at rod or arrow point

like one’s life and the act

of living it

arrow heads

promise bloodshed

bury deep into the pulpy body

the arrow in the ribs reminds like a scar

the blood stained skin

sparkles in the light

an undeniable proof of pain

that something has been taken

or destroyed it leaves the body

a surface of that act of violence

the flesh stained and rugged

parts just scraped away and splintered

the body incomplete

a body can look strong can look stable

can stand upright like a god

like standing upright matters

but a body is never safe a body is just a body

just vulnerable

even when it’s wood

it can burn

can always be destroyed

on the inside as much as skin

and that destruction can shine

and shine a light on what matters

not the body not standing upright

but the violence

but what remains

the arrow in the ribs reminds like a scar

and the blood sparkles in the light and

 

this is what is left:

a single life

 

this is what is left:

on bandaged feet

 

this is what is left:

a broken body

just wooden

just tinder

 

but what you can’t see won’t burn


Amber Nelson

Series Entry 6.9


Description

Series 6

Kohl King and Amber Nelson

Amber Nelson and Kohl King’s work is embodied in layered materials and language, grappling with the complicated act of being. Each piece speaks to the frailty of the human condition, to navigating within time, space, and relationships. They explore what it means to be human, what it means to mean, and how things break and can be broken in ways that may or may not be on the surface, and the all-important act of survival.