It is Solved by Walking

Creator: Catherine Banks (playwright)

Nominator: Reina Green

In this play, published in 2012 by Playwrights Canada Press, middle-aged Margaret reflects on her sexual desire and the suppression of her creativity through the metaphor of Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” The play turns the usual understanding of “poetic muse” on its head as muse Wallace Stevens, with his bullying, confrontational ways, both inspires Margaret and paralyzes her artistic drive—even as he forces her to recognize emotions she had previously suppressed. Readings of the play have been held as far away as Catalonia, where the text was translated into Catalan. It was staged in Halifax by White Rooster Theatre and HomeFirst Productions in 2014.

Jury Comments: A fascinating, affecting exploration of the relationship between sexuality and creativity, elegantly constructed.

Creator Catherine Banks lives in Nova Scotia.

Welcome

Established by the Honourable Myra Freeman in 2005, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award recognizes excellence in all creative media and highlights works that have a strong connection to Nova Scotia in the context of national and international achievement.

The Masterworks Arts Award is the largest cultural award based in Nova Scotia, with up to $37,000 awarded annually. The Creators of up to five Finalist works receive $3,000, and the Creator(s) of one Winning work receive an additional $22,000, for a total of $25,000.

The Award is managed by the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation.

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