Hetti Perkins: art + soul

Home truths from Hetti Perkins

Ian McLean


art + soul: A Journey into the World of Aboriginal Art
by Hetti Perkins
Miegunyah Press, $89.99 hb, 305 pp, 9780522857634


Pack the overnighter, put on the black dress – she wears it like a skin – kiss the kids, grab the wheel, don’t let go until back home. So Hetti Perkins begins ‘Home + Away’, the title of the first program of her recent television series, art + soul, and also the first chapter of the accompanying book.

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Ian McLean

Ian McLean

Ian McLean Professor of Australian Art History at the University of Wollongong. He has published extensively on Australian art and particularly Aboriginal art. His books include White Aborigines Identity Politics in Australian Art and Art of Gordon Bennett (with a chapter by Gordon Bennett), and How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art is due to be released in August this year. He is also on the advisory boards of Third Text, the international journal of postcolonial art, World Art and National Identities.

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