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Becoming a Bird

Untold stories about art

Stephanie Radok

Becoming a Bird
Writer and artist Stephanie Radok reflects on art and its purposes. Becoming a Bird: Untold stories about art includes her travels to multiple museums in the northern hemisphere, wandering and wondering.

She takes the reader from Venice to her terrazzo bathroom, finds her Adelaide garden underground in Rome, remembers how to wiggle her ears in Berlin, and sees St Francis in New York.

In twelve meditative stories which reflect on memory, childhood, weeds, death, freedom and the soft fur of a dog, Stephanie Radok discovers that, mostly, we are all at home everywhere in this world.

Stephanie Radok is an artist and writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. Her writing was first published in Unreal City, which she co-edited with eX de Medici in Canberra in 1986. She has worked as a redoubtable art critic for thirty years. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 she co-edited the first three issues of Artlink Indigenous with Daniel Browning. In 2013 her book An Opening: twelve love stories about art was long-listed for the inaugural Stella Prize for writing by Australian women.

Radok's survey exhibition The Sublingual Museum was held at Flinders University City Gallery in 2011. Her artwork is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Flinders University Museum of Art.

Praise for Becoming a Bird

'Becoming a Bird creates a sense of space and possibility - a way to respond to art beyond received critical frameworks. Like Stephanie Radok's previous work An Opening, it's built around twelve months of the year and twelve freewheeling journeys into art, museums, memory and creativity.' - Mike Ladd
Format Paperback
Size 198 x 129 mm
ISBN 9781743058022
Extent 182 pages
Price: AU$24.95 including GST
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