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From a letter to Dale A. Edmands
"I have always been one of the obsessed. From birth. I could stare at the head of a pin for a million years. I am subject to crushes, obsessions, fetishes. Each time I fell madly in love, the object of my passion was never available. Delay was my closest lover. Yet Lucidity came to me. I learnt to work with suffering, ruthlessly applying it. I worked with the bloody tangle, unwinding the cords that threatened to strangle, working like mad silk worm, year after year... In darkness, in blinding light light, I studied the somber jewel of sorrow. Stumbling upon secret seams of joy, I found a type of balance. Working like a medium, I called up many influences, sorting them, blindly, perceptively. This is the way with creative people - they are born with an excess of mental energy. If not used properly it rots. In this way one must be careful with obsession. One must work with it... the energy must be conducted... and one must learn how to do this, otherwise it turns back on the creator causing stagnation and torment..."
was born in New Zealand in 1942, the daughter of the English/Jewish
painter, Patrick Hayman. She is regarded by many art historians and
critics as New Zealand's most exciting and original artist, and its
leading exponent of "art brut". Her paintings have been
exhibited in major galleries in both the north and south islands, as well
as in Australia, the U.K. and the United States.