Edward Poynter's painting Asterié is inspired by an ode by the Roman lyric poet Horace. Both the ode and the painting carry messages about love, lust, and fidelity, as Asterié, at home in Rome and awaiting her husband’s return, is pursued by her handsome neighbour. The big question is ‘Will she or won’t she?’
Poets Chris Tse and Claudia Jardine will present a reading of poems that speak to the painting's themes, including their own interpretation and translation of Horace's ode. They'll speak about the challenges and freedoms in recontextualising the ode and Asterié for a contemporary audience.
Visitors to Tahi | One work have been invited to write their own poetic responses to Asterié. Chris and Claudia will also read a selection of their favourite responses.