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Ruth Hartley

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I write and paint because I am a storyteller. I have always made stories, though at times I’ve been lost for direction, identity and method. I paint to explore and share ideas and feelings.

I spent my childhood and school-days in Zimbabwe.
In South Africa, I studied at Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Art and learnt politics in Natal.
In the sixties I escaped South Africa with my first child to seek asylum in liberating London.
In the seventies, I became a mother, wife and feminist in England.
From the mid-seventies to the early nineties, I was an expatriate economic migrant, working in Zambia as a teacher and art gallery director. It was a challenging time of political upheaval.
Later in the nineties, after a difficult marriage and painful
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Bell Hooks
“Often men who have been emotionally neglected and abused as children by dominating mothers bond with assertive women, only to have their childhood feelings of being engulfed surface. While they could not 'smash their mommy' and still receive love, they find that they can engage in intimate violence with partners who respond to their acting out by trying harder to connect with them emotionally, hoping that the love offered in the present will heal the wounds of the past. If only one party in the relationship is working to create love, to create the space of emotional connection, the dominator model remains in place and the relationship just becomes a site for continuous power struggle.”
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Alice Steinbach
“I suppose that, after the passion of love, water rights have caused more trouble than anything else to the human species.”
Alice Steinbach, Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman
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Hermann Hesse
“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?" That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Martin Luther King Jr.
“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Wallace Stevens
“Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.”
Wallace Stevens




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