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The Answers

From the last post

a) Lauris Edmond

b) Rita Angus

c) Janet Frame

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Here are some quotes that I have read while researching this weekend that have resonated. Guess the source and/or subject and win a (virtual) chocolate fish.

I decided I must do degree work in the mornings while my youngest child was at kindergarten, and breakfast dishes, washing and housework in the afternoons…the sensation of turning my back on [the housework] and walking upstairs to sit down…was one of exquisitely guilty pleasure

a highly sensitive person who could hurt others without being aware of it; an intelligent and open minded woman who could fix on an idea and cling to it…even the loyal xxx struggled to understand her prickliness and defensiveness…her too-literal reaction to spoken or written words…”

A writer must stand on the rock of her self and her judgement or be swept away by the tide or sink in the quaking earth

A clue – they are all women, all New Zealanders.

EDIT: I’ll post answers late on Monday to give people a chance at guessing.

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The universal statement

Having just written elsewhere that certain artists were quite prickly people, I am having a prickly day myself. Lets just say over-reaction would be an understatement. I put it down to this flu I can’t shake and the position of the moon.

Anywhoooo…

I found this a while back and loved it because it raises many many issues that key into my day.

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My Heritage is Bigger than “I Am” (2008) Joyce Stalker

The artists writes “Seventeen years after emigrating to New Zealand Aotearoa, I feel more sharply than ever the loss of my Canadian heritage. I have read that McCahon is this country’s greatest artist and been told that all artists here reference him. I remain stubbornly unmoved by his dark and complex works and deeply stirred by the fabric of my family’s lives.”

I personally am moved by McCahon and particularly the “I AM” so it was very interesting for me to consider this from a differing viewpoint. I also liked how the artist used McCahon’s imagery to make the statement “I AM”. Because in the end it is a universal I AM (see Chatwin) and that is all we can say.

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Isn’t it ironic?

Don’t ya think? Well maybe not. I thought it was about time for another ukulele post and I had the funniest twitter conversation today that ended with the comment “Joy Division could have been much more cheerful if they’d thought to add a ukulele“*

Always one to please – I bring you the Heavy Boxes:

 

*Hope you don’t mind me repeating this – its been making me laugh all afternoon.

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