Calligraphy is, for me, the art form that best engages both sides of my dual identity, scholar/writer and visual artist. Calligraphic work marries words and images to convey a message that neither could alone. My use of letter-forms and decorative elements from medieval manuscripts allows me to combine scholarly rigor with artistic imagination and expression. My work is heavily influenced by many years of active participation in the Society for Creative Anachronism, where I found both an outlet for my developing skills and a community of like-minded scholar-artists. Today, my work is nurtured by New Orleans’ respect for a tradition in hand-made objects, and by the love of bright colors that infuses not only its architecture, but its language and storytelling as well.
Sondra Venable is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Uptown neighborhood.