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Wednesday Wonder

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery
of something we do not understand.”

Frank Herbert   American science fiction author best known for the 1965 novel
Dune and its five sequels. 1920-1986

I am part of a group of four women collectively known as MAS (the Mutual Admiration Society0.  We four women share several interests although of course we each have our own particular interests.  One is into antiques collecting and discussing them; one is a fabulous cook, spending her time checking and devising recipes; one is a keen golfer and bridge player, while as you know, I dabble at witing, and devising and running courses.  And so where did the idea for MAS come from?  

Well of course it is not original to us. In 1912 a group of friends at Somerville College, Oxford set up a literary society of women and called it MAS. Its members included Dorothy L. SayersMuriel St Clare ByrneCharis Frankenburg, Dorothy Rowe, and Amphilis Throckmorton Middlemore, among others

While the members of our MAS meet regularly, at least once a month we have a special meeting, outing or reason to get together.  January’s choice was “The Secret Paintings of Hilma af Klint” And we went to see he exhibition yesterday, Wednesday. We are told “The Secret Paintings is one of the most important exhibitions ever staged in New Zealand. It is presented with the cooperation of the Hilma af Klint Foundation, Stockholm, and in association with Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.” Do you know this artist? Neither did I.  


She was a Swedish artist (1862-1944) described as  “a pioneer of abstract art, but for many years her paintings were kept hidden from the public” In fact it was her wish that her paintings should remain hidden and secret for at least 20 years after her death. 

She had her own MAS.  In 1895 she joined with four female friends to form a spiritual group they called The Five. “They met regularly to commune with spiritual beings through prayer and meditation.”

Klint assumed that there was a spiritual dimension to life and aimed at visualizing contexts beyond what the eye can see. When painting, she believed that she was in contact with a higher consciousness that spoke and conveyed messages through her. Like many of her contemporaries, she was influenced by spiritual movements, especially spiritualism, theosophy and later anthroposophy. Through her paintings, she sought to understand and communicate the various dimensions of human existence.

In 1906 she began a decade long project The Paintings for the Temple with Primordial Chaos.  These ten are huge paintings meant to fill a room.

This is my favourite of the ten, but I’m not convinced that even if I had the room, I would hang it in my house.

So a morning well spent.  However, I was left feeling rather confused.  This artist moved from abstract paintings, the like of which we may have said “my grandchild could do that” through birds and animals to finally arrive at Primordial Chaos. I am not sure that I will go back for a second look.

JB January 13, 2022xhibition,

Winsome Weekend

This has been a busy, exciting weekend.

On Friday I had been asked to attend the opening of the Art exhibition at the Karori Arts and Crafts Centre to write an article for the local suburban newspaper. I have had some things published in newspapers in the various places I have lived, but have never been asked to provide an article. So that was a first.

The evening started when I arrived at the Centre to be surrounded by 116 artworks, hanging on all the walls.   What an amazing sight. The works were to be judged in three categories, Traditional, Contemporary and Drawing.  In addition to the major awards, one further piece was given a merit award in each category.  I am pleased I didn’t have to judge.  The judge was a well known and much admired Wellington artist who had a long involvement with Karori Arts and Crafts. 

A fun couple of hours spent mingling with the winners and also many other artists.

Saturday dawned and as my No 3 grandson was home for the weekend, we had brunch at one of my favourite restaurants. Drew, his mother Cate, his girlfriend Alyse and me.  I love spending time with my grandsons and listening to their take on life.

Saturday was also General Election Day and what a landslide victory to the incumbent Prime Minister and her Labour Party.  If you have any interest in politics in this far-flung part of the world, you might remember that at the last election in 2017 they didn’t win, but with the assistance of a couple of the minor parties, they were able to form a Government.  And Jacinda Ardern has proved her worth through three major crises during her three-year term – the Christchurch earthquake, the Christchurch terrorist attacks and of course, Covid. So she and her crew deserve another term.  But already people are saying that the Labour-led government didn’t keep all the promises made in 2017, so what will they not do during this three-year term.

In addition to the General Election, we had two referenda on which to vote – he legalisation of cannabis and the End of life choice. We are told that the results will not be available for two or three weeks.   

So to Sunday.  After the excitement of the last two days, I was happy to stay home, reading and writing and returning a couple of things I purchased yesterday, one of which was a kitchen trolley. This was a flat pack and I know I cannot put things together, no matter how easy I am told they are.

Flat pack car
Flat pack cat

But all is not lost. The kindly gent in the store offered to replace my one in the box for one he had just made up for display. So another good thing to report for this weekend.

And now it’s time to write a memory for our Memory Writing group tomorrow.

For those of you just starting your day, I hope it’s a good one. Take care and remember to be kind to yourself. You’re doing the best you can. And as always, remember too –