Winner, IP Picks 2007, Best First Book
Many of the poems collected in With One Brush showcase Jan Dean’s previously published and awarded work. As the title suggests, this collection uses visual art as a departure point for creative exploration of experience, memory, sensation, and imagination.
The works of artists such as Renoir, Gauguin, Magritte, and Arthur Boyd provide the focal point for a number of the poems, allowing Jan Dean’s passion for art and her innate, vibrant sense of colour and texture to burst forth from the page in visually sumptuous passages.
The act of painting takes on metaphorical significance as Dean navigates themes of creation and documentation of life through art. What emerges is a sensuously layered and intriguing meditation on the past that offers a sense of connectedness and hope for the future.