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My blog this week could not be about anything else, other than the terrifying and violent siege at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place, where two people lost their lives and where others were severely traumatized. In keeping with my creative writing process, I have written the following in response to this disturbing and worrisome event, for which Australians have to date, been mostly protected from in comparison to the rest of the world. Our resolve as a nation has not been tested like this before and it has left us shaken and questioning our future – as a once known safe place to live. We have been known as ‘the lucky country’ and we are, and we must remain just that… Below is a short essay on my thoughts, of what has become in the minds of Australians, a monumental event.
Title: The Art of Peace!
“What does the ‘art of peace’ look like? It looks like this! It is a people who show their outpouring of grief through peaceful assembly where they lay flowers as a sign of respect; and a desire to show that they care about their fellow Australians.
The sudden and unexpected death of two very fine Australians during a violent siege this week in Sydney, Australia Martin Place, is a sorrowful happening and to their families, friends and work colleagues, a loss they will feel for the rest of their lives. My heart filled condolences go out to these families and friends, as the death of a loved one, killed suddenly and violently is hard to understand and harder to bare…
The way in which Australians have responded to this terrible happening, has never made me feel prouder than now, to be an Australian. The show of solidarity through a peaceful, caring and very touching way, the placing of thousands of flowers at Martin Place, has been deeply touching.
Thank you Australia for setting an incredible example to the rest of the world! It is a real expression of an ‘act of peace’ and a shape contrast to the ‘act of violence’ that has perpetrated the lives of all involved during the siege; that has perpetrated the minds and souls of Australians . . .”
Written by Karen Robinson
CREATIVE WRITING INSPIRING ART!
Over the course of time, I have painted a number of works of art that express may reactions to social, environmental and political events around the world. I felt a strong desired to mark this dreadful tragedy and incredible outpouring of Australians grief with an abstract painting.
Again I wanted to use my creative writing piece to inspire an art work and is featured below titled ‘The art of peace’. I have called it the art of piece and not the act of piece because I believe there is a real art to creating peace. That it takes far greater strength of character to create peace than it does to create a violent act. This is a small piece of art work which I have done on HW paper using acrylic paints. I plan to do a larger art work of said on canvas, a meter x a meter for a forthcoming exhibition mid 2015.
The blackness as shown in the background of the painting, is our deep and dark universe and the circular shape is our earth. The multiple colours are representative of all the coloured flowers layed at Martin Place as a sign of respect by many Australians. The motion within the painting represents how the news of the tragic event and the amazing outpouring of grief demonstrated in the laying of the flowers, sweep the world… The blurring also is representative of a strong desire of a peaceful amalgamation, a peaceful unity of humanity in order that we can all live on this planet together for future generations.
My sister informed me this week that she had sent flowers to Sydney from Melbourne from our family…I was really touched by this act of peace….
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