She Started To Know Herself

Wishing all my friends and fellow artistic traveller's a wonderful 2018!

Over the Christmas break, I threw myself into a work of art which took me several days to complete. I often use art as an anchor when I have moments of stress in my life, and the holiday period is, for me as many others, fraught and one I look forward to being finished.

This past year was particularly difficult, as in the lead up to it, we realised that our beloved pug, Elvis, was in the final weeks of his life. Elvis came to us just after our wedding and has been the centre of our lives for more than 14 years, so the prospect of losing him bore down on us. Sadly, this past Friday (5 January), we held him close as he crossed Rainbow Bridge to join his little sister, Sunny. We are devastated, but Michael and I are holding each other close to get ourselves and each other through this period of grief. As a childless couple, Elvis has been "our baby" and especially for me, the centre of my universe - through illness, study, trauma - as well as good times together watching our favourite shows, reading and making art. His place will never be filled.

She Started To Know Herself (2018)
11" x 14"
Mixed Media on paper

The art I created over the holiday was this: She Started To Know Herself (2018). Inspired by Del Kathryn Barton, it also references Jane Davenport's aesthetic as well as young up and coming Indigenous artist Ella Gillespie. The work reflects the period of change in my life - losing my #soulpug, turning 40, finishing university study at the end of this year and more. I am slowly starting to identify myself and who I am, without too much care for what others think of me. This is certainly a period of transition and I don't know what it will look like when finished, but I hope it is a woman of strength and integrity.

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