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.
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 .