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The hard light of day : an artist's life in the Australian Outback

Author: Rod Moss
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, 2017. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Two years after artist Rod Moss arrived in Alice Springs in Australia's outback to teach painting, he met an indigenous couple who had set up camp in the gully beside his home. Over the next twenty-five years, his friendship with Xavier and Petrina Neil and the friendships that grew from it with the families of Whitegate, an Arrernte aboriginal camp on the outskirts of town, would nourish and challenge Moss beyond  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Rod Moss; Rod Moss
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rod Moss
ISBN: 9781510717206 151071720X
OCLC Number: 954670113
Notes: "First published in Australia by the University of Queensland Press in 2015."--Title page verso.
Description: xiv, 297 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Neighbours --
The shedding of skin --
Welcome to country --
Weaving and writhing --
Rocks and hard places --
The boy child --
Of snakes and men --
Safety nets --
The falling dark --
Afterwords --
Paintings.
Responsibility: Rod Moss.

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"Two years after artist Rod Moss arrived in Alice Springs in Australia's outback to teach painting, he met an indigenous couple who had set up camp in the gully beside his home. Over the next twenty-five years, his friendship with Xavier and Petrina Neil and the friendships that grew from it with the families of Whitegate, an Arrernte aboriginal camp on the outskirts of town, would nourish and challenge Moss beyond his imagining. The Hard Light of Day offers a rare insight into the reality of life in the Outback, from the contours of the MacDonnell Ranges and the textures and sounds of Arrernte culture, to the endemic violence, alcoholism and ill-health that continue to devastate Aboriginal lives. In recalling the relationships and experiences that have shaped his life and work in Alice Springs, Moss reveals the human face behind the statistics and celebrates the enriching, transformative power of friendship. Illustrated with Moss's evocative paintings and photographs, The Hard Light of Day is an incredible journey into a world that is rarely glimpsed, and an artist's chronicle of the moments that have inspired him."--Publisher's website.

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" . . . a poignant portrait of friendships that crossed cultures in a time of tremendous pain."--Booklist

 
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