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The Other Side: A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit World

Jennifer Higgie

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History of art / art & design styles, Textile artworks, Mysticism, Spiritualism, Feminism & feminist theory, Chakras, auras & spiritual energy

The first major work of art history to focus on women artists and their engagement with the spirit world, by one of the foremost art writers at work today

'Endlessly intriguing . . . I was enchanted' - DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Illuminating in every sense of the word' - John Higgs

In an illuminating blend of memoir and art history, The Other Side explores the lives and work of a group of extraordinary women artists. From the twelfth-century mystic Hildegard of Bingen and the nineteenth-century spiritualist Georgiana Houghton to the pioneering Hilma af Klint, these women all - in their own unique ways - shared the same goal: to communicate with, and learn from, other dimensions.

Weaving in and out of their myriad lives, Jennifer Higgie considers the solace of ritual, the gender exclusions of art history, the contemporary relevance of myth, the boom in alternative ways of understanding the world and the impact of spiritualism on feminism and contemporary art.

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Praise for The Other Side: A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit World

  • Majestic . . . endlessly surprising and ambitious - THE MONTHLY

  • Effervescent and atmospheric . . . I was entranced from start to finish . . . an exhilarating read

  • Invigorating . . . The Other Side [is] endlessly intriguing . . . I was enchanted - DAILY TELEGRAPH

  • An enthralling journey . . . Excellent, inspiring and transformative

  • The Other Side lit up my brain. A brilliant reclamation of female artists

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Jennifer Higgie

JENNIFER HIGGIE is a writer who studied painting at art school in Australia before moving to London. Previously the editor of frieze magazine, she was also the presenter of Bow Down, a podcast about women in art history. She is a screenwriter, the editor of a collection of writings on art and humour, The Artist's Joke, a novel, Bedlam, a children's book, There's Not One, and The Mirror and the Palette: Rebellion, Revolution and Resilience - 500 Years of Women's Self-Portraits.

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