A mix of dream and discourse

With my strong editorial background, it’s almost inevitable that one of my favourite games — for the want of something better to do — is one I’ve dubbed Spot the Blue Pencil.

Mind you, I don’t seem to get many chances to rack up seriously high points (unlike Facebook Scrabble). But a couple of days ago I did, I believe, score a major Bingo.

I was reading the latest issue of ArtNews New Zealand, p13 — a preview piece for Hen’s Teeth, an exhibition of work by painter Joanna Braithwaite:

“Her work uses the power of the gaze to arrest, ask and question. A conversation begins which is a mix of dream, political, social, religious and environmental discourse.” (ArtNews New Zealand, Autumn 2011)

What on earth does that mean? I asked myself. It was time to play that game again.

What did the author write? 

Here’s my guess:

“A conversation begins which is a mix of dream and discourse — political, social, religious, environmental.”

Okay, the dash might be considered a trifle florid. What else could one use? — a colon? 

But the real question is: What did the editor make it mean?

Your guess is as good as mine.

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Hen’s Teeth is at Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling Street, Dunedin, from 30 April to 25 May 2011. For more information visit www.milfordgalleries.co.nz .

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