A photograph of Emily Carr in a studio with a large painting of trees and sky behind her.  Taken by Harold Mortimer Lamb.

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Emily Carr was a gifted writer; indeed her books have possibly reached an even greater audience than her artwork. Following her first heart attack, Emily's creative genius became focused primarily on her writing, and by the time of her death she had written the material for seven books, four of which were published posthumously. Highlighting passages from these writings, Emily Carr: In Her Own Words offers insight into the artist's private thoughts and motivations, allowing students to discover their own affinity for this important Canadian artist without the intrusion of other interpretive voices.

Works from the Permanent Collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, paired with related quotes, form the basis for our explorations. Taken as a whole, Emily Carr: In Her Own Words acts as a short biography, from her First Nations contact, to life in Victoria, to the challenge of her hiatus years through the experimental period of the late 1920's and early 1930's and culminating in the achievement of her mature style. Additional information will include current photographs of specific sites to link historical documentation to contemporary sites, as well as video footage of Carr House and interviews with Emily Carr scholars.

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