Jennifer Barnett: Artist

(Author’s note: I had the great privilege of sitting in Jennifer Barnett’s studio often during the 1980s and watching her work. Her ability to capture mystery, love, pain, sorrow and joy with a few simple art supplies always left me in awe and still does. You can see her magic for yourself  here at jenniferbarnett.com.au)

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She sees
        the smirk under the smile
        despair in the laughter
        the lie lurking behind veiled eye
        questions in the answer
        a hidden flaw
        the secret idiosyncrasy
        an odd oddity

        the veneer is stripped
        no deceits remain

        a stroke, a line, a dab
        a shade less here
        a smudge there
        colour to trap the eye
        and reach the mind

        a soul is revealed
        bared before all
        for eternity

C. A. HOCKING
8 November 1988
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