Michael Winkler reviews 'Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories' by Kim Mahood

Michael Winkler reviews 'Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories' by Kim Mahood

Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories

by Kim Mahood

Scribe $29.99 pb, 336 pp, 9781925321685

At the bottom of one of Kim Mahood's desert watercolours, she scrawled, 'In the gap between two ways of seeing, the risk is that you see nothing clearly.' A risk for some, but not Mahood. Her work as a visual artist and writer attests to an eye that is unfailing and a lifetime of looking. The subtle gradations and veristic detail of Position Doubtful attest to sustained attentive observation.

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Michael Winkler

Michael Winkler

Michael Winkler lives in Melbourne and works in the Northern Territory. His most recent book is the self-published Fahfangoolah! The despised and indispensable Welcome to Woop Woop. He has worked in all branches of the media – radio, television, print, the internet – as well as corporate communications. He is the winner of the 2016 Calibre Essay Prize.