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An online magazine 2013-16. Artists on artists. Music, food, travel, art and culture. Now a tribute to our late editor Susie Surtees (2/6/53-22/7/18)

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Photography: Creative Acts of Remembrance and Belonging

On 10, Aug 2018 | In | By jane

The soft bodies of humans are brief. Our heartbeats, our breaths, are measured in decades, not in millennia. Everything is impermanent. Even mountains disappear under time’s scythe.

Through photographs we create the illusion and comfort of a kind of permanence. For families and friends, photographs are a shared visual language of belonging. They preserve what we hold dear against future loss and connect us when we’re apart. They extend memory beyond what we hold in our minds, capturing and exteriorising treasured and vanished moments for ourselves and for eyes beyond the present generation—the creamy cheek of a drowsing infant, the snowy softness of a grandmother’s hair, the delight of a child unwrapping a birthday present, a beloved family house now long gone.

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Seasonal Migrations for Celebration. And for Love

On 10, Aug 2018 | In | By jane

Last week, an atlas close to the length and weight of a newborn baby came into my hands. I leafed through its maps, my fingers tracing the blue lines of rivers veining the earth, and my mouth forming the syllables of far-flung places—Belogorsk, Kristiansund and Zanzibar. Thousands of named lines—tracks, paths, roads and highways—hatch every land. Along with places of habitation, gathering places with their origins in prehistory—like Stonehenge, and Allahabad on the Ganges (site of the world’s largest religious gathering)—are marked with circles. I began thinking about the peoples of mountains, hills and plateaux, of plains, deserts, forests and jungles, and of rivers, lakes and seas. I thought about the how and why of human movement around the earth. Of the significance in each hemisphere of winter and summer solstices and of autumn and spring equinoxes—so often times of travel and gathering for ceremonies and celebrations, and of natural migration for creatures of the non-human world. Read more…

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Lost and found. Travel explored.

On 10, Aug 2018 | In | By jane

Whenever I swing my suitcase over home’s welcoming threshold, with the dust of Manhattan, Milan or Madrid still clinging to my shoes, my feet start prickling indecently soon­. The travel itch, I’ve learned—once scratched—is incurable.

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Cooks’ Journeys: Everyday Alchemy

On 10, Aug 2018 | In | By jane

It began with a duck egg—cold, smooth, a bewitching blue—pressed into my six-year-old palm by my mother’s friend, who suggested I use it to bake my first cake.

Until then, my kitchen deeds were confined to laying the table, sawing bread into wonky slices, drying dishes, and slipping under the spare arm of my aproned mother—the undisputed kitchen queen—for a quick squeeze while she peeped under the rattling lids of steaming saucepans, or pulled out the griller tray to turn sizzling, popping lamb chops.

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Bearings: Positioning Ourselves in Time and Space via Small Treasures

On 10, Aug 2018 | In | By jane

‘You can read people from what’s in their bathrooms’, my friend said with an enigmatic grin, returning from mine to a dinner table of chattering friends, leaving his conclusions unspoken. Hmm. Squeaky bath ducks, art, plants and tropical shells—did I come across as Pollyanna-ish? Or did the toothpaste tube squeezed from the reckless middle rather than from the obsessive-compulsive bottom balance me by exposing my shadow side? Did I care?

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Chillies: Pleasure and Pain
And a Recipe: Double Pleasure—Chocolate-Clad Crystallised Chillies

On 10, Aug 2018 | In | By jane

It burns, but we brush aside the warnings. We ignore the Greek-chorus wailing coming from that evolutionary marvel of gustatory discernment—our tongue-scape’s tight huddle of taste buds. Read more…

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Why Art Museums Matter. Visits to Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology, and Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario

On 10, Aug 2018 | In | By jane

Art viewed online can’t beat the sensuous and psychological whole-body-and-mind experience of moving through the spaces of an art museum, of standing up close and personal to original artworks and to cultural artefacts that bear their makers’ distinctive gestures—the luscious topography of brushstrokes gleaming under lights, the chisel marks, the stitching, the warp and weft. These wonders of imagination and skill were once touched by artists’ hands, and by the small breezes of their breath.

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Cafés: More Than Just Coffee

On 10, Aug 2018 | In | By jane

Two worlds. Outside, reflected in a stretch of café window-glass, a gleaming doppelganger streetscape. Elm leaves gust from city-grown trees, waltz around the Sturt Street bandstand’s cupola then scud across the road in golden flocks to rest at the feet of umbrella-sheltered outdoor patrons. By the door,  lifting lazily in an autumn breeze, the points of a white cloth over a small table holding water jugs, glasses and napkins. Read more…

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Get a Room. The Gift of Freedom

On 10, Aug 2018 | In | By jane

Click. Seatbelt fastened. With a 300-kilometres-an-hour roar, the Los Angeles-bound 560,000-kilogram Airbus A380 hoists itself skywards, pressing nearly 500 of us back into our seats. Later, levelled off, cruising over the Pacific, the pressurised space patrolled by hip Qantas staff becomes a vast, high-altitude mobile bedroom, filled with strangers sharing a crowded, less-than-comfortable sleeping space. Strangers secure in knowing that on arrival 13,000 kilometres away, after passported entry into the USA, they’ll collect luggage and soon find themselves in more agreeable rooms, with contented, safe slumber guaranteed.

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Love Revisitable: The Power of the Handwritten Letter

On 10, Aug 2018 | In | By jane

From the moment you pluck the envelope from the mailbox you’re in swift sensory relationship with the sender. A day or two ago, someone with quickened heart held pen in hand and inked this snowy rectangle with your name and where you live. Soft breath whispered over the paper’s smooth surface. An ardent tongue moistened the line of fastening glue. Warm fingers left the DNA traces now mingling with yours. Inside, a Valentine’s Day letter, ripe with declarations of love, of admiration. And folded within, invisible messages of hope, and of anticipation. Read more…

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Interview: Liquid Amber Tattoo – Vancouver

On 06, Mar 2016 | In | By jane

What provokes the birth of a business? In this particular case, a business in the tattoo industry? 

My business partner Justina Kervel and I opened Liquid Amber Tattoo in 2001 for a multitude of reasons; one of these reasons being the blatant lack of female tattoo artists in a male dominated industry. Now some 15 years later, we are still in the midst of an exciting shift. There has been an exponential increase in not only female clients, but also in female tattoo artists.

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Figs. A biography of seduction.

On 10, Aug 2015 | In | By jane

She’s dark. The colour of bruised midnight. She’s swelled and ripened over three seasons and blushes crimson at her sweet summit—that meeting place for lines tracing up from her full-hipped beauty. Now, in low-angled autumn light under cool leafy canopies, she and her sisters wait in deep purple crowds.  Read more…

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Cover Story: A Style Language.

On 31, Jul 2014 | In | By jane

Belted, buttoned, buckled and zipped—post-modern dressing leaps far beyond seasonal practicalities, status, traditional cultural identities, modesty, age, and gender distinction. Our obedience to old rules has given way to freer choice. Personal dressing has become daily kaleidoscopic displays of a dyed, woven, knitted and sewn visual language—a complex self-expressive communication project that among other things, is part masquerade, part new-tribe identity marking, part art, and part closing the gap between who we feel we are and who we want to become.

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Taste of Havana

On 14, Oct 2013 | In | By jane

Indulge your senses in a vibrant culinary journey with chef William Smith, spliced with the colorful sights and sounds of the Cuban capital, all set to the quirky upbeat sounds of Los Locos. William cooks a traditional Cuban meal in a private house and serves it in a delightful garden in Havana’s Playa district, just a few blocks from Buena Vista. Read more…

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On 26, Nov 2012 | In | By jane

An online magazine 2013-16. Artists on artists. Music, food, travel, art and culture. Now a tribute to our late editor Susie Surtees (2/6/53-22/7/18)

Community

On 12, Oct 2012 | No Comments | In | By jane

Welcome to Mojo Junction.

A creative intersection. Mojo Junction is an online community of creatives from across the globe. We shared stories in monthly magazine format from 2013-16. The magazine was edited by the late Susie Surtees (2/6/53-22/7/18). This website is now a tribute to the writing of our editor Susie, with her pieces showcased as all of the main page articles. Within the menus you can find material by other contributors under a number of categories. 


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