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The Chilean Nobel Prize in Literature winner Pablo Neruda, praised for his insightful humanistic poetry and literature, has been described as one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. He understood the critical importance of human interconnectedness. That is, both with people we know and love and those we will never meet.

He wrote beautifully about the meaning and purpose of art, in the broader context of being human, saying:

There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song — but in this dance or in this song there are fulfilled the most ancient rites of our conscience in the awareness of being human and of believing in a common destiny.

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Clive Elliott

I live and work in Auckland, New zealand. I am a serial dabbler in the arts, with an interest in writing, poetry, public speaking and painting. I’m a frequent writer and commentator on intellectual property and information technology issues. I regularly write on and lecture on the art of advocacy, both oral and written. An example is a webinar I gave in 2018 “Mastering Advocacy: Effective Written and Oral Advocacy and How to Maximise Both”. My goal as an artist is to try and capture a little piece of that magnificent natural beauty that exists around us and preserve it in a time capsule so others can ponder and experience the wonder, before it evaporates away into the endless sands of time. 

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Contemplate I

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Contemplate IV

Ponsonby Yacht Club

Pullman Pandemic Exhibition

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