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Stepping-stones to the edge: artistic expressions of islandness in an ocean of islands


Brinklow, L, Stepping-stones to the edge: artistic expressions of islandness in an ocean of islands, Island Studies Journal, 8, (1) pp. 39-54. ISSN 1715-2593 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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Since the earliest of times, islands have captured the artistic imagination—and, often, for the artist who finds his or her muse in being ‘islanded’, the smaller the island the better. Archipelagos offer an ideal setting for artists who take their inspiration from place: on small islands off islands they can experience an intensity of island living they might not otherwise have on a main island: boundedness and connection, isolation and community. This paper examines expressions of islandness by artists who live on islands off islands that are poles apart — ‘archipelagos’ of the Canadian North Atlantic and the Great Southern Ocean. It draws upon interviews with those artists and writers to consider the nature of humans’ attachment and attraction to islands, exploring through the lens of phenomenology what Stratford et al. call the "entanglement between and among islands".

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:archipelagos, artists, Bruny Island, Fogo Island, Grey Islands, insularity, islandness, Newfoundland, resilience, Tasmania
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Art history, theory and criticism not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
UTAS Author:Brinklow, L (Ms Laurie Brinklow)
ID Code:85682
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2013-07-29
Last Modified:2014-04-15
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