Popular ideas of Central Australia are dominated by mythology and masculinity. Writer and artist Kim Mahood grew up in the country’s dusty interior and frequently returns to work with the Aboriginal people of the region. Here, she shares her collaboration with the late artist Pamela Lofts, which led to the creation of Violet Sunset, her desert alter ego. Violet is an adventurer in search of meaning among the ephemeral lakes of the interior and challenges popular conceptions of Central Australia.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Kim Mahood (Australian)

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Kim Mahood is a writer and artist. She grew up in Central Australia, and since the 1990s has returned regularly to work with the Aboriginal people of the region. Her memoir, Craft for a Dry Lake, won the NSW Premier's Literary Award and The Age Book of the Year for non-fiction. Her latest book, Position Doubtful, explores the complexities of black and white relations in contemporary Australia.

Luke Fischer (Australian)

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Luke Fischer is a poet, philosopher, and scholar. He is the author of four books, including the poetry collections A Personal History of Vision and Paths of Flight and the monograph The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems. He is currently co-editing a volume of essays on the philosophical dimensions of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus. He is an honorary associate at the University of Sydney.