At the end of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the character named Bottom—an actor, the ubiquitous struggling artist!—wakes up from his fairy land reverie and wistfully recounts that “no eye can hear, no ear can speak” of his magical experience. It is a story that feels so real to him but seems impossible to communicate to others. In the creation of this, our third issue of She Said Notes, we work to unpack the artist’s sensorial creative process—what the eyes hear and the ears speak. In light of Bottom’s purposefully mixed metaphor, how are the senses of an artist attuned to the stories of her world?
We interview musician/vocalist Felicity Williams and feature a poem by Shannon Bramer.