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Wild Garden: Art, Education and the Culture of Resistance

dian marino
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
ISBN: 1-896357-13-X

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 popular education.

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.

WARNING:
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 sense."

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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