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Solar Trajectories
Pin-hole images by Maryjane Orley & Martin Purvis.

A series of pin-hole photographs created over 6 and 12 month periods (solstice to solstice) in 2017 and 2018.  Made in empty beer cans placed around the site of old Northbrook Nursery in the north of Guernsey, the images trace the movement of the sun across the skyline.

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Maryjane Orley is an interdisciplinary artist whose work involves drawing, print-making, conceptual sculpture, and installation. Over the last eight years, she has been exploring ways of defining and realising notions of emptiness and erosion and their potential for regeneration.

Reading Writing Quarterly celebrates reading and writing as situated practices, releasing a special pair of seasonal reviews four times a year.

Each solstice and equinox I invite writers to swap recently completed written works and to provide a situated ‘review’ of each other’s work. This involves raising a shared issue/concern, connecting out to another work/text/set of ideas, and/or producing a creative response to an aspect of the writing which might be fictional, prose, visual, sonic, filmic … These acts of exchange open up ways of ‘reading writing’ differently, generating multiple modes of engagement with words, and exploring the practice of ‘reviewing’ from a situated perspective, one that critiques and experiments with the genre of the ‘critical review essay’, creating something far more entangled.

Already we have seen how readers’ experiences of recent situations – local, such as the university strikes in the UK of 2019-20, and global, like the COVID19 pandemic – have shared writings made out of intimate and located readings.

For this September 2020 equinox issue, Marsha Meskimmon and Penny Florence have decided to hold a virtual dialogue about their two new books, Transnational Feminisms, Transversal Politics and Art: Entanglements and Intersections and Thinking the Sculpture Garden: Art, Plant, Landscape. Talking across their two separate-yet-joined zoom frames their fascinating conversation stems from their shared interests in art, ecology and feminist politics. They exchange thoughts about the highly practical events, as well as conceptual concerns, that have informed the realisation of their book projects, as well as imagine together the alternative possibilities for economics, knowledge and life, that can be produced out of the challenges posed by COVID19 and the social-ecological crisis of which the virus is a symptom. 

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did!! 

If you have a written work that you’ve recently completed, and someone you’d like to read it, please get in touch – j.rendell@ucl.ac.uk



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