Rutherford, Meg

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(1932-2006) Australian sculptor, illustrator and author, in UK at least intermittently from 1958; she is of some sf interest for The Beautiful Island (1969 graph), which is collage-based. The narrative is ostensibly pure fantasy – birds persuade the battered houses and edifices of northern lands to migrate south to a paradisal Island – but uses proto-Steampunk devices literally to carry the tale, for the buildings are all hauled or otherwise transported by ingenious humans, whose longing to escape to Paradise is unspoken but fundamental. The tone and rhetoric of the book reflect and contribute to the manifest toolkit of linkages that associates pre-War Surrealism and the New Wave of the 1960s. Rutherford also did covers for some fantasy texts. [JC]

Meg Rutherford

born Australia: 1932

died 2006

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