?Walsh?s writings are stunning examples of how to look, how to feel, how to see. ?
For 30 years Meeka Walsh has been the Editor of the Canadian art magazine, Border Crossings. A selection of her much-admired essays published in each issue of that magazine have been selected for this substantial book.
Malleable Forms is a book of 47 essays, rich and broad in ideas and subjects as far-ranging as art, architecture, literature, family, place, dogs, spirituality, birds, rabbits, and whimsy. But it isn?t just about the subjects presented in the essays but the way in which Walsh has made connections inside the essays.
?Kim Gordon: Star Turns? examines the memoir of Sonic Youth?s Kim Gordon takes the reader on a trip that includes surprising links between Gordon and Ab Ex painter Robert Motherwell. ?Rilke: Speaking Longing? measures the poetic sensibilities of Rainer Maria Rilke, Cynthia Ozick, and Vladimir Nabokov. ?Say Bird: A Consideration of Interspecies Romance? describes the romantic tale of a courtship between a woman and a blue jay.
Noted international critic and art writer, Barry Schwabsky, has written an introductory essay. The persistent engagement of memory winds through the book and resonant is EM Forster?s dictum, ?Only connect. ? Walsh makes her particular kind of connections throughout.
Meeka Walsh is a writer and critic who has been the editor of Border Crossings magazine since 1993. She has contributed catalogue essays and articles on a wide range of Canadian and American artists. Her short fiction has been published in a number of anthologies, among them the Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women in English. She has received the RCA Gold Medal for her Contribution to the Arts and in 2017 she was made a Member of the Order of Canada. She lives in Winnipeg.