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In This Garden: Exploration in Mixed-Media Visual Narrative Paperback – April 1, 2009
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About the Author
Angela Cartwright 's art and photography is exhibited and collected internationally. Her unique techniques are explored in her book Mixed Emulsions (Quarry 2007). Known for her acting roles in Make Room for Daddy, The Sound of Music, and Lost In Space, she curates A Studio Gallery in Los Angeles, California where she makes her home and garden. Sarah Fishburn describes her work as mixed-media narrative. Her art has been featured in numerous magazines and a shelf full of books. She lives and gardens in the foothills of the Rockies.
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Top Customer Reviews
I love how each featured artist gives her personal "zen garden" favorite memories and how useful gardening tips are also included. The quotes included under the garden-collage photos are wonderful. Each time I looked at the garden scenes I noticed more and more amazing details that I'd missed before. This book is perfect for all types:artists seeking new inspiration, gardeners looking for new and unique ideas and tips, and admirers of mixed-media art who may want to get creative themselves...a charming and whimsical book!
Several of the gardens express a deep love of place - New Orleans Junkyard Garden, for example, and Down Under Dreamtime garden. Others embody a particular era (real or imagined), like The Prairie Rose & Sagebrush Garden and Marie Antoinette's Garden, which both recreate a fanciful version of a time - the romantic heyday of cowgirls and a technicolor Versailles - that, in some sense, never existed. Others, like the Shadow Garden or the Wayfarer's Haven, create a surreality with fanciful abandon.
I love the "Shortcut Through the Garden" - a kind of mapped version of the table of contents - with the Indian Ocean just a hop, skip, and jump away from the Mississippi River. The "Field Notes" following each garden also provide the artist or curious reader with a technical, yet easy to understand peek into how each garden was crafted.
The accompanying (largely literary) quotes are a nice touch, bolstering the view of the works as narrative. On a more concrete level, the format of the pieces - each has four panels corresponding to the cardinal directions - as in "In This House," also contributes to the aura of storytelling. Instead of a linear tale, however, the panels provide a glimpse of different aspects of one vision. Each is another aspect of a cultivated space, each another corner in a harmonious - though not necessarily tame - garden.
All in all, even though I enjoyed some pieces more than others, each has so many rich details to linger over that one could spend countless lovely afternoons exploring and returning to rediscover each one.
Favorites, in no particular order:
Sarah Fishburn's New Orleans Junkyard Garden
Tiffini Elektra X's Wayfarer's Haven
Lynn Whipple's Community Garden
Marie Otero's Down Under Dreamtime
I say Bravo! Can't wait to see what they come up with next!
You should check out their Yahoo group [...]