Belonging to a place

For the literary or artistically minded, Janine Burke’s New Book, Source: Nature’s healing role in art and writing, offers some interesting texts. Here is the first paragraph of the introduction:

Creativity is a place. Memory is an image. The artistic process itself is a journey, a specific one, the return to a lost and cherished childhood realm, the original source of inspiration and identity. For the artists and writers in this book – Claude Monet, Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Karen Blixen, Ernest Hemingway, Blanche Hoschede, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Emily Kame Kngwarreye – recreating Eden was a life-changing, art-making, healing rite that provides a map of their careers and an index of their subject matter. What sounds like a fairytale is, in fact, a reality.

The complete introduction itself is of interest, then there is an essay and full page photo for each of the featured artists. You can have a very good look at this book through the Google Preview on Boomerang Books, and listen to the author discuss her work on ABC Radio National’s Book Show  (usually available for four weeks from broadcast, which was 25/11/09)