CHARLOTTE GALLOWAY – TAASA Review December 2012

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This article was originally found in the December 2012 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 21, Issue 4, Page 25).

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My decision to study Asian art when I went back to university in my early 30s and enrolled in Art History seemed rather random at the time, but on reflection, I had been attracted to Asian art and objects since childhood.

Projects on Chinese ceramics, my love of `blue and white’ textiles whether the indigos from Southeast Asia or the Japanese patterned cloth, the form of a scholar’s rock and interest in the natural world, all were aspects of Asian culture I had long been drawn to purely through pictures in books (I was an avid library visitor when at school). When the opportunity arose to take Asian art history courses at the Australian National University (ANU) it just seemed obvious to enrol.

I was fortunate that this coincided with Robyn Maxwell’s first year at ANU and she has supported my academic and professional interests for many years...