28 August 2009
Writers bare their soul
The Vice-Chancellor (second left) with some of the artist-writers: Lucinda Strahan, Professor Catherine Cole, Philippa Brear, opening night attendee Karine Shellshear and Caroline van de Pol.
One of the installations, the work of Caroline van de Pol, features letters written home by her uncle, who ran away to join World War II and lost his leg (the prosthetic is featured here).
- Writers bare their soul 28/08/2009
In celebration of Melbourne Writers Festival, staff in the writing programs in RMIT University’s School of Media and Communication have put on a group show of mixed media.
The Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, attended the opening night of “Writing Naked”, curated by Lisa Dethridge.
The show is inspired by the words of novelist Margaret Atwood, who once wrote: “Beneath the page is everything that has ever happened, most of which you would rather not hear about … Touch the page at your peril.”
In Writing Naked, seven writers inhabit the role of mixed-media artist, investigating a writer’s vulnerability in coming to the page.
Each explores the process of writing as a form of creative research; exposing the “secret life” of the writer and how she forms ideas.
The contributors suggest in conclusion that the author must metaphorically “strip” herself to reveal the story she is committing to her reader.
Field 36 Gallery
Level 4, RMIT Building 36, Swanston Street, Melbourne
Finishes today, Friday, 28 August