Since my last post I have been developing an Arts business plan. In line with this plan I accepted a commission from poet, Marian Spires, to make a 600 x 900mm collage of Vincent van Gogh, using pieces of his 36 self-portraits, and incorporating both iconic and lesser known paintings in the background.
A photograph of the completed collage was used as the cover art on Marian's novel, Knowing Vincent, to be launched at 2.30pm this Saturday in Federation Square at the Melbourne Writers' Festival. This is one of the festival's many free events and no booking is required, so come to the launch for a wonderful hour of entertainment.
Marian Spires (Picaro Press, 2010)
Cover art by Jenni L. Ivins
You are invited to the Melbourne Writers Festival launch of Marian Spires’ verse novel, Knowing Vincent (Picaro Press). Please join Lia Hills, poet and writer, in conversation with Marian discussing the creation of her verse novel.
DATE: Saturday 28 August at 2.30pm
PLACE: Melbourne Writers Festival
Feddish@Fed Square (café/bar/restaurant)
2 Swanston Street Walk
Melbourne VIC 3000. (03) 9654 5855
In 2009, Marian won the MWF Poetry Idol and used her prize money to travel to Europe to view the original canvases and walk the landscapes where Vincent van Gogh painted. In Knowing Vincent, Marian gives voice to the women brushed out of the story of the painter’s life, and re-imagines him from their viewpoint.