This excerpt from Maria Tumarkin is from a book I published in 2018 at UWAP, Dangerous Ideas about Mothers, and was later published by Sydney Review of Books. It is reproduced here courtesy the author, UWAP and SRB as part of Upswell’s relationship with SRB. Maria Tumarkin is one of the boldest and most scintillating writers of our time and it is always such a pleasure to watch her lay out an argument from an often surprising starting point.
Andra Kins is one of the pioneers of the public art movement in WA and believes passionately in the positive effects of the complex trans-disciplinary collective process involved in commissioning and creating public art. After completing a first-class honours degree in architecture at the University of Western Australia Andra participated in establishing the Mundaring Sculpture Park, was Director of the Crafts Council in Perth, and sat on the Board of the Art Gallery of WA. Through her consultancy Urban Thresholds (1990 – 2018) she developed and coordinated over a hundred public art projects for the WA state government’s Percent for Art Scheme, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Main Roads WA, local governments and private developers. She has contributed articles and essays about public art to national and international publications and is currently working on a website about public art in Western Australia. She has published two books: “Coming and Going”, a memoir about the women in her family and “The Heartbeat of Creativity” together with Margaret Blackwell.
As another opportunity to spruik the pleasures and richness of the online publication Sydney Review of Books, I present this essay by Sydney writer Tom Lee in the SRB project series: The Experimental Essay (with its subtitle-description of Conceptual and formal de-tours). Thanks to Editor Catriona Menzies-Pike and the individual authors for permissions to re-run selected essays for, hopefully, new readerships. SRB is an outstanding contributor to Australian literary and cultural work, commissioning (seriously) long essays and reviews in a time when barely any work of this quality and depth can find a home and thus an audience.