by Lara Scolari
Artist about work:
“Painting expresses the power of freedom and healing that is realised through our connection to a bird spirit animal.
In times of grief, despair, or illness, we are often repeatedly visited by a ‘spirit’ bird. Like a friend that pops in and keeps you in check, the spirit bird brings energy, medicine and meaning. Usually an Australian native species, the spirit bird encourages strength and liberation, inspires us to focus on our unique qualities and kindles both beginnings and endings.
Symbolising acceptance and helping us to let go, our spirit bird is sometimes also referred to as a medicine bird. It connects the spirit with the earth and thus, as above, so below.”
painter / visual artist
An Australian visual artist who lives and works in Sydney, in the port city of Balmain. With a Master’s degree in Cross Disciplinary Art & Design from the University of New South Wales (MCDArtDes, UNSW) and years of experience working in the arts and culture sector, she expresses this wealth of knowledge in her art practice. She has participated in many international exhibitions and art fairs.
Influenced by major artistic figures such as Brett Whiteley, Helen Frankenthaler, John Olsen, Hans Hoffman and Mark Rothko, she is an action/gestural painter, and her work is created in the style of abstract expression. Thus, she explores developed, experimental techniques and processes. She builds each work using a variety of media, creating depth through transparent layers that reveal hidden dioramas.
Her works are inspired by memory, meditation, music, culture and the essence of Australia. She continues to explore the theme of capturing the invisible energy, movement, life force and emotion hidden beneath the surface of Australia’s complex culture – while reflecting the palette of its natural landscape.
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