William Plumlee

Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise

I started writing poetry very young, just kind of scribbling in notebooks not knowing that I was expressing my unconscious poetically. I’ve always dabbled at expressing in images, but not until very recently did I discover a medium through which I could more clearly express my inner poetry and prose without words. I love digital imaging. I would have never made a traditional college artist.

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Disassembled
Disassembled

The finger cramps from the scissors alone were enough to dampen the fire of expression for me, but with digital manipulation I relax and the creative process flows. It has a rhythm for me that somehow matches my natural cadence similarly to the way my synapses fire when I write well. When I find or capture an image that inspires me I feel like my visual cortex is being tickled, and a spiritual thing happens for me in which I blend emotionally with what I perceive.

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City Sky
City Sky

The grace and beauty of the male nude is often my inspiration, and I do not shy away from making blatant sexual statements in my work. Sometimes the energy I feel is what I try to express, as opposed to interpreting form in a literal system as metaphor or parody; often though, the opposite is true. In the end my goal is to produce images that produce a visceral, and then perhaps an intellectual response based on the subtext I see in the originating image or images.

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Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise

I started writing poetry very young, just kind of scribbling in notebooks not knowing that I was expressing my unconscious poetically. I’ve always dabbled at expressing in images, but not until very recently did I discover a medium through which I could more clearly express my inner poetry and prose without words. I love digital imaging. I would have never made a traditional college artist.

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William Paul Plumlee is an artist and writer originally from California, and currently working and living in North Texas. His writing has been published on Poetry.com, and his artwork in RFD magazine’s Qweer Arts Issue in 2013, and is scheduled to have an art piece published in Wilde Magazine’s next erotica issue.