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3 people have commented to me in the last week that I have neglected this blog. I can’t believe I used to blog every day. But blogging is so 2008. Which means, that among other things, I have fallen victim to twitter and Facebook.

These newish modes of communication have led to all sorts of interesting things. As with the blog, I have connected me with some amazing people, and it’s company for a shut-in like me. I have also ‘crowd sourced’ all sorts of information such as possible reasons for the kindy rabbit dying while in my care (the stuff nightmares are made of) and an almost instant translation for this quote from Virgil’s Georgics ‘Et secura quies et nescia fallere vita’. Today after I made a post on Facebook about people being eaten by dragons (don’t ask), I got the notification “Frida Kahlo likes your status”. WIN! if a very weird ‘art and my life’ WIN. But it may explain why it’s all a bit addictive.

The school holidays have also impacted my blogging. Thankfully we are back into full school and kindy mode this coming week. However, this also means sports and ballet are back and with it, the stressful Saturday morning juggle of children. This Saturday past though, art intersected with life as I managed to read some poetry and essays on a NZ artist I am researching while watching my 6-year-old play cricket. Very civilized, although it did earn me a few stares from the other sports parents.

So while I haven’t actually been blogging, I have been musing a lot and have heaps of things to write about. But it will have to wait until I’ve finished my current project and recovered from my birthday tomorrow. My research has been fun and today has led me from Elvis and Hildegard of Bingen, to Nick Cave and Julian of Norwich with a side helping of Barthes and Foucault. Never a dull moment around here. Hang in there – exciting things are coming….


Michael Smither painting – swiped from here. Help me identify it properly and I’ll list the details

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Time and attention

About time I put some attention into this blog. I have been frantic with assignment deadlines and forced writing which is no fun at all. Anyway I’ve got a week’s break (or so) to relax a little.

Some fun things have been happening in the mix. For example I was watching bad American TV on Tuesday night (only redeemed by Hugh Laurie) when I got a text from an unknown number saying “Can u get Maori TV? There’s a Frida Kahlo doco on atm.” I immediately changed channels to watch “Between Ecstasy and Pain” which was excellent. I did find out who sent the message, but for a while I liked to imagine the universe sending out random text messages (makings of a short story there maybe).

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The Wounded Deer 
(1946) Frida Khalo

Which reminds me, I noted during my weeks research that there is a tendency to refer to female artists by first name “Frida”, “Rita” but not so much male artists. Go figure.

I have also been annoying on twitter by perhaps over-frequent tweets. When you are a shut in and can go a whole day with an adult conversation, the temptation to blurt in the 140 character format can be too much. On the plus side people sometimes reply!!! I noticed the frequency on my tweets increased with the desperation with my writing. In the end I did get an essay finished that a friend suggested might be ‘Miss Jean Brodie meets Russell Crowe’, which is ok I guess (although Rita and Colin might not think so). Oddly, in other forums I simply ran out of words.

An interesting thing I’ve found on Twitter is following galleries, museums and libraries. For example, a little gem from the Christchurch Art Gallery this week was a Doris Lusk I hadn’t seen before. Things like this brighten the day no end.

When I’ve been tearing my hair out at home, battling deadlines, illness and domestica, the ‘net in its many forms has also been an amazing source of support, generosity and kindness – thanks guys!!!!

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