Off the Cuff

‘Off the Cuff’ with artist Shena Macdonald

Talented Durban artist, Shena Macdonald answers this week’s ‘Off the Cuff’ 20 questions.

My secret pleasure is … Indian shawls and Bollywood songs.

My first job was … an art teacher in a girl’s high school.

My most annoying habit is … being absent-minded.

A clear childhood memory is … being in a play pen in a garden with my sister where bright orange ‘Flame of the Forest’ flowers had fallen and laughing at each other as we tried them on like bonnets … I can still feel the stickiness of the nectar of the stamens in my hair.

What makes me really nervous is … being stuck in a queue.

The best advice my parents gave me was … find out what your passion is and build your life around it.

If I wasn’t an artist, I’d be … a film maker.

I’m most thankful for … my identical twin sister.

My favourite meal is … vegetarian North Indian curries.

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … sit ups.

A book I love is … ‘Thus far and no further by Rumer Godden.

A song that resonates is … Singing in the rain.

My ‘happy place’ is … my own thoughts … I can go there any time I choose … I call it my secret place and I can be transported anywhere.

My most embarrassing memory is … when I started talking to my reflection in a shop mirror … thinking it was my twin sister … the shop assistant looked at me very sideways!

My hidden skill is … I’m good at maths and logic sums.

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If I was a dog, I’d be a … Golden Retriever.

It’s a bit corny but I love … Agatha Christie … ‘whodunnits’.

I’m most at peace when … my head and house are tidy.

Country I’d love to visit … Myanmar

Favourite quote … ‘We are not citizens of earth making our way to heaven, but citizens of heaven making our way through the earth’.