safe at home

“It was as if the clearing was peacefully absorbing her” 2011,  Oil on Board,  30x30cm

“Safe at Home” opened last night in Adelaide.  Wish I could have been there!

“And 30 years later, she’d still remember it s a wonderful day”, 2011, oil on board, 30x23cm .

Safe at Home is a Fundraising exhibition curated and presented by Cube Contemporary Art Projects in conjunction with Victim Support Service SA .  More information on this exhibition can be found here.


With an article here.
I had some time to think about what to offer, and decided that for me, positivity of subject was important, with a nod to the ever-present possibility that any of us could meet with a situation that was uncalled for and unexpected.  I do agree with the idea that you can be a victim, but it’s you who chooses to stay a victim, or move on and build something new.  I agree at times that can be a much harder proposition, but all of us are subjected to the unknown – it’s our choices that can shape the future.  It’s a great organisation that is associated with the exhibition and it’s fantastic to be able to help people move forward, recover and rebuild.
My two paintings are childhood paintings – Childhood is a sacred thing.  Fleeting, important, and a sustaining memory for many of us.  For a child to be a victim of crime is the most awful theft in so many ways.
The Girl in the red dress is standing at the edge of something – about to move forward and take a step.  Is it to a good place or a bad one?  I feel that’s irrelevant – at the moment she is breathing, and peaceful and living totally in the moment – a gift that kids have and adults often lose – I constantly remind myself that all we have is now – that should be grasped, enjoyed and released – it’s the only way to move forward.
The skipping girl is frozen in a moment.  The kind of moment that years later you enjoy with a wild heart and fond memories of freedom and a free body.  I remember what it was to be totally uninhibited as a kid – to not worry about falling from the tree, to cartwheel without worrying about my knickers showing, to laugh loud and often.  Those are the kind of moments that all of us go back to – fleetingly perhaps and we think those days are past.   Sometimes I still do cartwheels (badly).  Skipping, is presently beyond me – but I do remember what a thrill it was and how alive it made me feel.
Quite apart from the fact that the exhibition is organised by the lovely Dianne Gall, who is an exceptional painter and a very lovely person, there are some amazing works by fantastic Australian artists, including Mishka Borowski, Claire Bridge, Dagmar Cyrulla, Dianne Gall, Erika Gofton, Stewart MacFarlane, Stephen Magsig, Brian Martin, Janette Moore, Ilona Nelson, Deborah Paauwe, Tom Phillips, Mary Jean Richardson and me.  If you’re in Adelaide, you should go.  Really.
Happy.  such a good thing to be.

2 thoughts on “safe at home

  1. lovely post… i particularly like your girl in a red dress, and I must be in a happy place because to me she is stepping into a happy place. x

  2. Michelle, thanks for your beautiful work. We loved it so much, bought one. Your painterly approach and use of tone is what caught our eye, plus the subject matter. I remember skipping as a child, and the freedom of living in the moment, believing that life will be beautiful and carefree always. Your words on this post are lovely, too. Shame you couldn’t have been here for the opening – it would have been good to meet you. Karen & Dirk, Adelaide.

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