Notes from the Shed: A Journal

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Macmillan Education AU, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 207 pages
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Hanna Kay describes her journal, begun in summer 2003, as a dialogue between one and oneself. She says: 'Keeping a journal is like meeting this person inside me head-on'. And that person is an artist whose journal helps the reader understand something of the way an artist thinks. Both her journal and the paintings produced in her studio measure the passing of the seasons and the artist's emotional empathy with the Australian landscape the and living things about her as she responds to the seasonal changes wrought by Nature. She says: 'The locals [in rural NSW] refer to my Studio as "the shed". For me the 200 square metres framed by iron-bark posts and corrugated iron, is a sanctuary in which I dare to experiment, question, or be idle. The solid structure and the five acres that surround it protect me from the world's follies.' Her observations of the environment are recorded poetically, her own musing interspersed with references to world literature. The book is dedicated: 'To Nature, while she's still around'.

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