Annie Dawid

Annie Dawid

Interview with Annie Dawid, whose photograph, ‘Window,’ is the cover art for Issue One of Into The Void.

Why do you write and create art, and what do you hope to achieve in doing it?

I write and make art to reach out of the solipsistic self toward the Other. If I can communicate even a fraction of what I intend, I will have breached the gap that separates us.

What are the major themes in your work?

I wrote about families of all sorts. In my art, I tend toward the mosaic, putting disparate pieces together to make something new and unexpected. In the window shot, there are multiple textures: wood, glass, the reflected sky and clouds, and the colors of red, brown, blue and white.

Why is art important?

Without art, we’d be without heart.

Who are some of your favourite writers and artists?

Virginia Woolf, Cynthia Ozick, Russell Banks, George Eliot, Kate Atkinson — some favourite writers. Artists: Van Gogh, Dufy, Vuillard, Bonnard.

Edward Weston, Margaret Bourke-White, Berenice Abbott, Julia Cameron.

What book are you currently reading?

‘Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft and Form’ by Madison Smartt Bell. Excellent text focusing on form as the heart of fiction.

What’s your favourite piece from Issue One?

Britta Stephen’s ‘Rockpools’. Gorgeous colors, organic design.

Where else can we find your work?

Visual workWriting.

What’s on the horizon for you?

I wrote a novel about Jonestown and have been trying to get it published for years. I had it ready for the 30th anniversary in 2008, with an agent and some “almosts,” but now we’re coming up on the 40th anniversary of the massacre in 2018. Still trying…

You can find Annie at her website.