Opposite Contraries: The Unknown Journals of Emily Carr and Other Writings
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Opposite Contraries: The Unknown Journals of Emily Carr and Other Writings

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Collected from Emily CarrOCOs private and public writings, these previously unpublished pieces reveal the outspoken artist at her most forthright. Expurgated sections from CarrOCOs journals detail her anguished meditations on her spiritual mission, musings about Native culture and the white communityOCOs reaction to it, and thoughts about her family. Her groundbreaking 191...more
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Published December 21st 2006 by Douglas & McIntyre (first published 2004)
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Emily Carr found in Native art's exaggerated supernaturalism a connection with Modern art's emphasis on digging beneath images to their emotional and spiritual meanings. She championed the aliveness and vitality of each tradition and encouraged putting more of one's personal self into both seeing and working at art, as the processes of distortion and abstraction involved allow a unique opportunity for the audience's and artist's own vulnerability to fill in those empty spaces.

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Emily Carr (December 13, 1871 – March 2, 1945) was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a post-impressionist painting style, Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until later in her life. As she matured, the subject matter of her painting shifted from aboriginal themes...more
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