Is it possible to relate picture to word and painting to lyric? A dynamic interaction that means more than only mutual decoration and lets both kinds of art enough space and freedom to stay independently? These questions moved me for a longer while, when I got the chance for an exciting teamwork in autumn 2009. I met a very talented lyricist who is specialized in writing sonnets (a Shakesperean poetry manner). Together we made a picture language project with the title IF MY SOUL COULD TRAVEL. The respective exhibition took place in Hamburg (Germany) in winter 2009/2010.

The exhibition booklet accurately describes the content and results of that teamwork (translation from German into English): “Two artists from Hamburg, the painter Christian Bahr and the lyricist Jan-Hendrik von Kuick, combine their independent artwork in an interdisciplinary process to a different, to a new and fresh form of picture language. Contemporary painting meets classical sonnets. The confrontation of pictures and lyrics bears an autonomous kind of art. Passion conquers formal framework. One painting, one sonnet. Discussing. Debating. For each other. Against each other. Together.“ The really exciting results are documented in the exhibition flyer in word and picture (in German):