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This is My World: the Life of Helen Martins, Creator of the Owl House Hardcover – 6 Mar 1998


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Southern Africa (6 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195715160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195715163
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,283,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Niki Collins-queen, Author TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Three weeks before Sue Ross, the author's, untimely death in 1996 from cancer she received her doctorate in Fine Art for her thesis and signed a contract with Oxford Books to publish "This is My World" a book about the life and work of South African artist Helen Martins. The book was published a year later after her death. The photographs in "This is My World" are stunning and the book is an illuminating study of Martin's life story. Martins created a fantasy world of sculpture and light (known as Outsider Art) in her Karoo village home, named "The Owl House," in South Africa. In 1976, when her house and garden were filled with more than 200 camels, owls, peacocks, Buddha's, Bushman and Biblical scenes, she seemed to feel her life's purpose was complete and committed suicide. After her death she became a nationally acclaimed artist and her home was proclaimed a national monument and museum. "This is My World" is both inspiring and heart wrenching. It is not only a tribute to Helen Martin's work but to the life and work of Susan Imrie Ross as well. I'm proud that Helen Martin's is my great Aunt!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RWH Allen on 22 Oct. 2006
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Anybody who's visited this place cannot fail to be astounded by its mysterious, magical (and, lets be honest, somewhat unsettling) beauty. This book is the only one which has ever done justice to Helen Martin's creation. Why the Oxford University Press (South Africa) hasn't yet considered a reprint is beyond me.
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An Inspiring and Heart Wrenching Book 9 Sept. 2000
By Niki Collins-queen, Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Three weeks before Sue Ross, the author's, untimely death in 1996 from cancer she received her doctorate in Fine Art for her thesis and signed a contract with Oxford Books to publish "This is My World" a book about the life and work of South African artist Helen Martins. The book was published a year later after her death. The photographs in "This is My World" are stunning and the book is an illuminating study of Martin's life story. Martins created a fantasy world of sculpture and light (known as Outsider Art) in her Karoo village home, named "The Owl House," in South Africa. In 1976, when her house and garden were filled with more than 200 camels, owls, peacocks, Buddha's, Bushman and Biblical scenes, she seemed to feel her life's purpose was complete and committed suicide. After her death she became a nationally acclaimed artist and her home was proclaimed a national monument and museum. "This is My World" is both inspiring and heart wrenching. It is not only a tribute to Helen Martin's work but to the life and work of Susan Imrie Ross as well. I'm proud that Helen Martin's is my great Aunt!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Inspiring and Heart Wrenching Book 9 Sept. 2000
By Niki Collins-queen, Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Three weeks before Sue Ross, the author's, untimely death in 1996 from cancer she received her doctorate in Fine Art for her thesis and signed a contract with Oxford Books to publish "This is My World" a book about the life and work of South African artist Helen Martins. The book was published a year later after her death. The photographs in "This is My World" are stunning and the book is an illuminating study of Martin's life story. Martins created a fantasy world of sculpture and light (known as Outsider Art) in her Karoo village home, named "The Owl House," in South Africa. In 1976, when her house and garden were filled with more than 200 camels, owls, peacocks, Buddha's, Bushman and Biblical scenes, she seemed to feel her life's purpose was complete and committed suicide. After her death she became a nationally acclaimed artist and her home was proclaimed a national monument and museum. "This is My World" is both inspiring and heart wrenching. It is not only a tribute to Helen Martin's work but to the life and work of Susan Imrie Ross as well. I'm proud that Helen Martin's is my great Aunt!
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