Artist Konii C Burns has undergone a mammoth task, quite literally, in the creation of Atrabilious, a 20 metre long art work consisting of 27 random width panels, all 160cm in height. The work took over a year to produce and is currently being displayed as part of Inspired Lives currently on at the Dax Centre, Melbourne.
Konii has battled major depression throughout her life. During a major mental health battle that debilitated her to the point of several suicide attempts , Konii made a large rubbing of a fallen tree along the Murray River in 2007. As she was consumed by the illness and facing her own death, Konii was drawn to seeing the environment dying along side her.
It was in a time of severe drought and the rural environment was dying, as she didn't survive, she needed to create her story.
Paint the town Pink - A four day workshop Program @Continuing Education Castlemaine for the Mount Alexander Shire in July 2012. Artists Jim Coad & Helen Kelly worked with a group of talented young people to create a live projection Art Installation on the Faulder Watson Hall.
Think infamous artists in Castlemaine and immediately Ben Laycock comes to mind. Born with a paintbrush in his mouth, Ben has been a colourful member of this great arts community for close to two decades. But when I had the opportunity to interview him I didn't know where to start. His studio is full of art and the various flotsam and jetsam that tell us loads about what informs and inspires his unique style. The bold palettes, landscapes that hit you right between the eyes. Ben is prolific.
I have known Ben for over 10 years and have worked with him on several community and artistic projects but I really didn't know much about the journey through his creative past and its profound influence upon his view of the world. I think it is fair to say that he is a highly unconventional character who has chosen not to accept the values of the “real world”.
Who else would go on a five day hike through the bush without a pair of shoes.
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