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|Wild Garden: Art,
Education and the Culture of Resistance
Introduction by Robert Clarke and
Chris Cavanagh with Ferne Cristall
1998, Between the Lines: Toronto, ON
184 Pages, Large format, Colour and black & white
illustrations. $24.95 paper
Wild Garden is a tribute to an extraordinary life. Artist,
educator, environmentalist, and political activist, dian marino had a
profound effect on the lives of her students, colleagues, and friends.
Wild Garden combines writings, art and graphic images,
hands-on exercises, and teaching tools to convey a dynamic approach to
|With over 50 pieces of art, this
beautifully produced book will delight, confront, and occasionally perplex
(it is a wild garden after all) readers who question received ideas
about living, learning, and growing together.
Wild Garden is not about gardening.
It is, rather, a wild and woolly book about the cultivation
of learning, based on author and artist dian marino's lifelong experiences
in education. It is about the roots of teaching, the nurturing and production
of knowledge, and challenges to "basic assumptions" and "common
The book is also about making mistakes and learning
from them. It is about opening up new spaces for resistance and disrupting
the habits of oppression, about how writing and art can spark subversive
thoughts and creative action. And the final chapter, "White Flowers
and a Grizzly Bear," is a moving reflection on the lessons of dian
marino's own terminal illness and her commitment to larger struggles.
Wild Garden combines dian marino's writings and personal
reflections, art and graphic images, and teaching tools to convey a
dynamic approach to participatory learning. With over fifty pieces of
art, this beautifully produced book will delight, confront, and occasionally
perplex (it is a wild garden, after all) readers who question received
ideas about living, learning, and growing together.
"Dian marino categorically refuses the disciplining
of the disciplines. She challenges us to reject binaries, engage with
paradox, and cross boundaries. Her pedagogical insights are both visionary
and in the moment."
- Linda Briskin, Women's Studies, York University
"This is a breathtaking offering of ideas and
images that every educator will cherish and use."
- Budd L. Hall, chair, Adult Education and Community Development,
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
At the time of her death in January 1993, dian
marino was a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies
at York University, Toronto, Ontario. She was a co-author, with Deborah
Barndt and Ferne Cristall, of Getting There: Producing Photostories
with Immigrant Women (Between the Lines, 1982).
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