Mrs. Delany’s invention: collage, aging and the artist’s life

Mary Delany collage of a Magnolia grandiflora.

Mary Delany collage of a Magnolia grandiflora.

There are so many good reasons to buy this book, which came to us via Virginia Eichhorn of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery. (Thank you!) It is beautifully produced, on a fascinating if somewhat esoteric topic (collage), addresses in several ways the important role art plays in people’s lives (for artists but also  non-artists, the seasons of an artist’s career, art in relation to life-experience and aging) and is well-written despite being a bit quirky (speculative, almost fictional while also being a biography).

It is exactly the kind of book that can change how you think and inspire new directions.

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THE PAPER GARDEN

An Artist (Begins Her Life’s Work) at 72

By Molly Peacock,

Illustrated. 397 pp. Bloomsbury. 2011 $30.

reviewed in the New York Times

reviewed in the Globe and Mail

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