Artist Exhibitions – 2015

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No. 1 of 3 for 2015:  SOLO EXHIBITION:  “…When words are hard to find”  2015

 

No. 40 - 'When words are hard to find' Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

No. 40 – ‘When words are hard to find’ Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Art exhibitions have taught me, that art can be a very powerful way to engage with others; a way to captivate an audience’s attention and convey a story about my inner most personal thoughts and emotions.  For myself especially – exhibiting my paintings has been about being able to communicate a soulful message, to highlight important issues; and to give the viewer something to mull over, well after viewing the art work itself.  Hence exhibiting selected pieces of my Abstract Art Portfolio, has been an important part of my ‘art for therapy’ journey.

 

 

Special Note:  Transport Accident Commission Victoria made a short video of myself on the opening night of the exhibition.  I talk about how my art has been a form of therapy over the last five years since the death of my son who had been killed in road trauma 5th November 2009.  A very big thank you to TAC’s CEO – Janet Dore for seeing the value in spending the time and money in capturing this very special moment in my life.  Link:  http://www.tac.vic.gov.au

 

On Wednesday the 6th May, 2015 I had my very first solo exhibition titled ‘….When words are hard to find at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn, Melbourne – Australia.  It’s a Hume City Council solo exhibition which features 16 of my abstract paintings that ‘offer an intimate perspective of loss and growth, from an impressive collection’ – the Hume Major, Councillor Adem Atmaca had said.  They range from 2008 to 2015 and will be on public display during May and June 2015.  NB:  None of my paintings are for sale, they are just to personal to sell but I hope that by sharing my art work alongside of their painting stories – will help others to understand that using ‘art for therapy’ can help improve ones sense of well-being.

 

No. 51 - 'When words are hard to find' Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

No. 51 – ‘When words are hard to find’ Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

 

 

ART WORK CHOSEN FOR THE SOLO EXHIBITION

 

Choosing which abstract paintings for exhibition was difficult, as I had not had a solo exhibition before, and therefore could choose from my whole collection of some 60 abstract paintings I had completed over the last 7 years, from 2008 to 2015.  After consulting the Gallery Curator – Tobias Hengeveld, I decided to invite him to my home art studio and view all of what I thought to be my best works and see what he thought.  We viewed each abstract painting, discussed its merits and gradually put together a range that both of us were happy with; then reduced the number to just 15 paintings all up for the exhibition.  Later, I added one more, a painting I had just completed and felt it was a good addition.  Once the paintings had arrived at the gallery, three days before the solo exhibition, it became clear to me, that we needed to add in two additional paintings to complete the overall feel and look of the exhibition.  After discussions with Tobias and taking into account the space available, one other painting was withdrawn, which meant, we now had a total of 17 paintings for the solo exhibition.  Below is a slide-show of the paintings currently on exhibition at the Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery – Craigieburn, Melbourne – Australia.  NB:  Abstract painting stories can be found by clicking on Abstract Art Portfolio.

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTATION FOLDER FOR OPENING NIGHT – A Keepsake for Viewers!

 

In preparation for my solo exhibition, I was asked if I would be giving anything out to those who came on the opening night. After some reflection, I decided to produce a presentation folder that would make a small statement. I wanted to make sure that the viewers of the art work, would have a deeper understanding about me as an abstract artist, about my ‘art for therapy’ journey and how through my painting stories, I had come from ‘…when words are hard to find’ to ‘finding joy in every day’!

So I set about producing a presentation folder that firstly had an abstract painting on its cover.  Whilst all the covers were the same format, each I painted individually which meant each folder was unique.  Inside the right had side cover, I placed a copy of Hume City Council’s Media Release and an artist’s statement which read:

Hume Artist, Karen Robinson is a painter, story-teller, photo-taker and blogger.  Karen is a self-taught artist, having taken up her childhood love of painting again, later in her adult life.

As inspiration for her artwork, Karen draws on feelings and emotions evoked by situations experienced throughout her life, such as great family moments, family tragedy, career experiences, traveling adventures, current local and world events.

With painting, Karen explores colour and shape as an intuitive way of conveying her story.  Once she has completed a painting, she then writes its story, so that the viewer may have a clearer understanding about her as an artist and about the painting itself.

“…Art gave me a voice when words were hard to find, or when I did find the words, too hard to say out loud.  It gave me a way of moving forward in the most difficult of times…I came to understand that art can be a very powerful way of communication with others…”

In June 2009, Karen took part in a community exhibition called Ways Out – Journeys through Recovery” at Synergy Gallery, Northcote as part of the High Street Northcote Visual Arts Festival.  Karen has also participated in Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Exhibitions called “Picture This” in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  TAC’s ‘Picture This’ Exhibition provides people who have been affected by road trauma, the opportunity to use artistic expression to share their experiences.

In 2014, Karen was a recipient of a ‘Hume City Council Arts Award’ for ‘Professional development Grant’ in the category of Established Visual Artists.  Hume City Council’s Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson’s paintings will run from Thursday 7th May to Sunday 26th June 2015.

 

 

 

Inside the presentation folder, on the left hand side, I included a single page for every abstract painting being exhibited, along with its painting story.  I felt that each and every person attending on the night would not only be able to read the painting story from their given presentation folder, but would also take away with them, a piece of shared memory of my solo exhibition that they could reflect upon afterwards; they could share with family, friends and work colleagues.

 

 

PREPARATION OF ARTWORK FOR TRANSPORTATION

 

My dear husband prepared all the abstract paintings for transportation.  Each painting was carefully wrapped in bubble wrap, to ensure it would not get damaged during its transportation, nor during the handling process of packing and unpacking of the paintings.

 

No. 3 - 'When words are hard to find' Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Packing Art Work with Bubble Wrap for Exhibition.JPG

No. 3 – ‘When words are hard to find’ Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Packing Art Work with Bubble Wrap for Exhibition.JPG

 

 

 

PREPARING THE GALLERY FOR OPENING NIGHT

 

Once the abstract paintings had been delivered to gallery – my husband and I went about helping Tobias,the curator, as best we could, in setting up the gallery.  Walls had to be freshened up with paint and some walls completely repainted.  I unwrapped the abstract paintings of their bubble wrap cocoons and lent them against the stark whitish walls.  Tobias worked his magic and decided which should go where within the gallery to ensure each painting complimented the other.  He then masterfully hung each painting, printed up the text captions which under his instructions, I placed below each painting.  Tobias placed onto the wall the name of the exhibition and it was then official – the exhibition of ‘…When words are hard to find’ was now about to happen. I took a moment to reflect!  We vacuumed the flooring and Tobias set about doing the process of considering what lighting needed to be where, to ensure each abstract painting was properly featured and shown at its best.  Then the TV monitor was put in place, so that the TAC video interview of my self back in 2011 about art for therapy, could play continuously in the back ground during the opening night and during the public exhibition hours forthcoming.

 

No. 16 - 'When words are hard to find' Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Karen Robinson unwrapping bubble wrap at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

No. 16 – ‘When words are hard to find’ Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Karen Robinson unwrapping bubble wrap at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

 

 

No. 26 - 'When words are hard to find' Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Karen placing art work text art at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

No. 26 – ‘When words are hard to find’ Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Karen placing art work text art at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

 

 

 

GALLERY READY TO GO!

 

After all the work had been completed and with the abstract paintings all hung and lit, it was with some pride and amazement that I felt when standing back and taking a good look at my art work.  I felt very privilege to have had the opportunity to have this solo exhibition, where I was able to share my ‘art for therapy’ journey with family, friends, colleagues, gallery curator Tobias Hengeveld, Jacqueline Grenfell – Arts and Cultural Planner at Hume, Hume City Councillors and other community members within my home region of Hume. Thank you all …

 

Karen Robinson at her Solo Exhibition titled ...When words are hard to find - 6th May 2015 at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery - Craigieburn. Photo graphed by Angie Basdekis for Hume Leader Newspaper getimage.aspx.jpg

Karen Robinson at her Solo Exhibition titled …When words are hard to find – 6th May 2015 at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery – Craigieburn. Photo graphed by Angie Basdekis for Hume Leader Newspaper getimage.aspx.jpg

 

 

 

 

VIDEO BEING SHOWN DURING EXHIBITION ALONG SIDE OF PAINTING TITLED ‘The Life of Our Son Ben’  2010 – Acrylic on Canvas

 

The monitor was strategically placed along side of an abstract painting that I had painted for my only son who had been killed in a single vehicle car crash on the 5th November, 2009 – just before his 26th birthday.  I had to do a painting to celebrate his life; to know that the time Ben was here with us, was a treasure, shared by so many.  Ben was loved and cherished and will be missed so much by all, but mostly by myself – his mum, his dad and his sister.  Each band of colour represents a year of Ben’s life from being a baby, toddler, small child, older child, teenager through to becoming a fully grown young man.   Each colour represents different emotions, feelings, experiences and growth that Ben achieved in his life with us.  The sphere represents the worlds of people he had in his life; his own family, extended family members, work colleagues, girlfriend and best mates.

 

No. 44 - 'When words are hard to find' Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

No. 44 – ‘When words are hard to find’ Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

 

 

Details in relation to the Video – Transport Accident Commission (TAC) CLIENT VIDEO: Featuring Karen Robinson talking about using ‘art for therapy’ for TAC’s 2011 ‘Picture This’ Exhibition.  It is “now in its fifth year and provides people who have been affected by road trauma to use artistic expression, whether it is drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography or textiles, to share their experiences.  The exhibitions showcase artwork by people who have either taken up art since being involved in a  transport accident, or who were artists before their accident“. TAC (2013). Client art exhibition – Picture This 2013. Retrieved from TAC

 

 

 

 

TAC also attended this exhibition and interviewed me, once again and photographed some of the opening night – a big thank-you needs to be extended to Janet Dore – TAC’s CEO for believing that my ‘art for therapy’ journey is worthy of such time, effort and expense…  Hopefully by sharing my story with TAC Clients, will help others find their voice by taking up a passion – “…when words are hard to find’ and reach a place were they can find joy in every day…

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITION OPENING NIGHT EVENT

 

The opening night of the solo exhibition was a very special moment for me.  To be joined by family, friends from Kangan Institute Broadmeadows and work colleagues from Road Trauma Support Services, neighbours, along with Hume City Councillors, TAC media representatives and the gallery curator, my dear husband and my darling daughter and her good husband – was a moment that I will remember well.  Some of these people knew about the fact that I painted, but had not really had the opportunity to view the paintings in such a way, nor had they had the opportunity to read each of these painting stories until this moment.  It was very satisfying to see people take the time to read and view each painting.  I felt I had been given the chance to reveal what I had been thinking, I finally got a change to say out loud what I had been holding in for many years.  I had come from ‘…when words are had to find’ to a place where my voice was being heard through my abstract paintings and my painting stories.  It was a good feeling!

 

No. 65 - 'When words are hard to find' Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

No. 65 – ‘When words are hard to find’ Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

No. 72 - 'When words are hard to find' Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

No. 72 – ‘When words are hard to find’ Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

 

 

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A TRIBUTE TO MY DAUGHTER WHO TOOK PHOTOS ON THE OPENING NIGHT

 

A big thank you to my daughter who kindly took photos for me on the opening night of my solo exhibition … thank you.

No. 79 - 'When words are hard to find' Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

No. 79 – ‘When words are hard to find’ Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

 

 

CONCLUSION

 

It was a humbling experience to have people take time out of their lives to share this moment with me.  I hope they took away an experience that will give them something to ponder about; to get them thinking about the value of ‘art for therapy’

I wish to repeat these words of mine, for they really state it clearly my thoughts about my ‘art for therapy’ journey:-

 

“…Art gave me a voice when words were hard to find, or when I did find the words, too hard to say out loud.  It gave me a way of moving forward in the most difficult of times…I came to understand that art can be a very powerful way of communication with others…”

 

M‘art for therapy’ journey has taken another turn.  My paintings, along with their painting stories are reaching out to others.  How lucky am I to have had Hume City Council give me this opportunity to have my very first solo exhibition.  It does not matter, if there will not be another, just having this one has been most satisfying.  Art therapy at its best for sure….

 

No. 63 - 'When words are hard to find' Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

No. 63 – ‘When words are hard to find’ Solo Exhibition of Karen Robinson 6.5.15 Gallery ready for Opening night at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery for Exhibition.JPG

 

 

EXHIBITION DETAILS:

Thursday 7 May – Sunday 28 June 2015

Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn

75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 1pm – 4pm

Opening event Wednesday 6 May, 6 – 7:30pm

 

Link to Hume City Council Arts & Culture – Art Gallery Exhibitions:  http://www.hume.vic.gov.au/Whats_On/Arts_Culture/Art_Gallery/Future_exhibitions/Karen_Robinson

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

No. 2 of 3 for 2015:  GROUP EXHIBITION:  “AS IF: When and Now”  2015

On Thursday the 1st October, 2015 I had the opportunity to be part of a group exhibition titled AS IF: When and Now – Artists from the Women’s Art register/past and present at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Gallery, Ground Floor, 210 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne – Australia.  The gallery space inhabits this building’s glorious historical tessellated entrance foyer and expansive corridor with soaring ceilings which is amongst women specific organisations.  Thus enabling the gallery space to be most fitting for artists from the Women’s Art Register, to exhibit and celebrate 40 years of insisting that women’s art matters (W.A.R. 2015).  The exhibition was Curated by Gail Stiffe and Rosemary Mangiamele and opens on the 30th September and closes on 30th October 2015.

 

No. 17 of 28 Group Exhibition titled 'AS IF When and Now' Women's Art Register at Queen Victoria Women's Centre Melbourne Photographed by Hubby of Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015 - Copy.JPG

No. 17 of 28 Group Exhibition titled ‘AS IF When and Now’ Women’s Art Register at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Melbourne – Karen Robinson standing beside stand displaying exhibition details.  Photographed by Hubby of Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015 – Copy.JPG

No. 8 of 28 Group Exhibition titled 'AS IF When and Now' Women's Art Register at Queen Victoria Women's Centre Melbourne Photographed by Hubby of Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015.JPG

No. 8 of 28 Group Exhibition titled ‘AS IF When and Now’ Women’s Art Register at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Melbourne featuring Karen Robinson beside her abstract painting titled ‘A Celebration of Womanhood’ Acrylic on Canvas 2014 and Photographed by Hubby of Karen Robinson Abstract Artist 1.10.2015.JPG

NB:  For further information relation to the above exhibition, please click here!

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

No. 3 of 3 for 2015:  GROUP EXHIBITION:  “Reflections – Exploring Our Identities”  2015

This group exhibition was enabled by the MIND Australia Organisation and was for the participants of their art therapy and creative writing carer groups for 2015.  “MIND has been a leading provider of community mental health support services to people and their families and carers for nearly 40 years” (MIND 2015).  I had the wonderful opportunity to be one of these participants during 2015 as well; and I will treasure my time I had with just some amazing people, who shared their heart-felt carer stories about caring for a loved one experiencing mental health issues.  The group exhibition gave us all an opportunity to showcase a painting each, it’s painting story and other creative writing pieces we felt comfortable sharing within a public arena.  Whilst is was just a one-day-event, many family, friends and MIND Australia members of staff attended, along side of the participants from the art therapy and creative writing carer groups.  This was also inclusive of our MIND Australia facilitator – Gillian Scaduto, our Art Therapy facilitator – Vicky Nickolls and our Creative Writing facilitator – Judy Bird whom all played an integral role in our group and individual progress throughout 2015 sessions.

 

Karen Robinson - one of the carer group participants for 2015 beside her painting titled 'Heart of Treasured Memories' at the 'Reflections Carer Group Exhibition - Exploring Our Identities' Northcote Townhall, Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday 18th November 2015 NB: All images are copyright protected.

Karen Robinson – one of the carer group participants for 2015 beside her painting titled ‘Heart of Treasured Memories’ at the ‘Reflections Carer Group Exhibition – Exploring Our Identities’ Northcote Town-hall, Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday 18th November 2015 NB: All images are copyright protected.

 

Through the bravery of the participants, our carer group exhibition enabled us to publicly display our works, which told our stories about our carer roles in our lives.  How caring for a loved one at times was very difficult, sometimes tragic, but by coming together as a group through art therapy and creative writing, we were able to share that burden. These sessions gave each of us some time-out for ourselves to express our feelings and emotions, to recharge our spirits in a safe and secure environment that was well supported by the MIND facilitators and by each other. These following words were written by Gillian Scaduto, our MIND Facilitator and sums up well the journey we all had undertaken in 2015 – “Together we shared our journey through paint and pen – a path to recovery through a search for understanding and acceptance, learning that it’s not about getting rid of our problems, but finding out how to accept and cope with them” (Scaduto 2015).

 

EXHIBITION DETAILS:

Wednesday 18 November – 2015

Rooftop Room, Northcote Town Hall

189 High Street, Northcote, Vic 3070

Time:  12:00 noon – 2.00pm

NB:  Please click on link to view the ‘Reflections Exhibition’ booklet FINAL Mind_Reflections_ExhibitionBooklet_final.

 

ABOUT MY PAINTING I EXHIBITED

During the later part of 2015 Art Therapy sessions, we were asked to each paint a painting that represented our identity as a carer.  We worked on our paintings, once a week for a number of months, before then preparing them for our exhibition. Below is the painting I had produced along with it’s painting story. NB:   For further information about this process please click on the following – Group Art Therapy 2015.

 

Painting No. 63 - Title "Heart of Treasured Memories" Oct/Nov/Dec 2015 - by Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 63 – Title “Heart of Treasured Memories” Oct/Nov/Dec 2015 – by Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson.  Featured at the ‘Reflections Carer Group Exhibition’ 2015 MIND Australia Organisation at the Northcote Town-hall, Melbourne Australia. NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws!

 

Painting No. 63 – Title “Heart of Treasured Memories

  • Acrylic/Ink/Sequins/Embroidered Flowers/Butterflies on Canvas
  • Oct/Nov/Dec 2015
  • 79cms Length x 74cms Wide x 0cms Deep  NB:  Not framed just bare edged canvas backed onto strip of timber for hanging

Painting Story

My art therapy artwork was inspired by words I had spoken some years ago during an interview with TAC about my use of art as therapy in dealing with grief and despair which I had been experiencing since the loss of my son Ben, in a single vehicle car crash on 5 November 2009. These words that I had said were “I need to hold the best of Ben in my heart”. So it was these words that inspired me to firstly create a large pink heart that heart would not just hold the memories of my son Ben, but it should also hold the best of memories of those dearest to me being my husband, my daughter and my sister as well. I surrounded my heart of memories in a beautiful warm tangerine colour. At the top of the canvas are small blackish shadows which are representative of dark clouds and the tiny blue heart sequins are tears of love which have fallen from the clouds. I placed a bright blue line above the heart which is like a catchment of these tears, but still there are some that fall upon the heart of memories. On the base of the canvas, I placed a dark green line being a place of growth, a pretty flower garden of joy and peace featuring delightful green butterflies of hope, floating up in and around my heart of memories. Within my heart of treasured memories are beautiful flowers and sparkling green glittered stems. Surrounding my heart, I have written words about my loved ones and I wrote them especially small so that the viewer of my artwork would need to come up close to read my precious words and these are those words:  “Try to build in my heart the best of those I love, my darling dear husband whom I treasure, who has been so good to me throughout all the years of our marriage; my sweet, loving, caring daughter who is strong and gentle to her parents at the same time, my sister whom I have shared many troubles with – we are still talking; and my son gone but never forgotten – we miss you forever”.

 

© Karen Robinson, December 2015

 

 

A PHOTO STORY MOVIE

Over the course of these art therapy and creative writing sessions, I was asked to take photos so that they could be used within a booklet which MIND Australia ended up producing for the ‘Reflections’ Exhibition 2015.  It was after reviewing all the photos for this project, that I became inspired to see if I could make a ‘Photo Story Movie’ which I did do – see below.  Prior to showing the movie at the Exhibition Opening Event, participants had the opportunity of viewing it beforehand, to ensure that they would be happy with it being publicly shown at the exhibition.  The response both from the participants and from all at the opening event was very moving – they all got it!  It was a photo-story of the lives of these people whom had shared deeply personal stories, over the year, including me and we could all appreciate that we had come a long way in our journeys.  It was there to be seen in the ‘Photo Story Movie’ (Full Version) – a precious memento, a gift to them from me.  I found it to be a very touching and humbling experience.  It was an outcome I would have never expected, but so grateful for having had, and thanks to these people for sharing their precious stories via their paintings and creative writing.  Due to respecting the privacy of each participant, the following ‘Photo Story Movie’ below is an edited version, and only features myself and my photo story journey.  MIND Australia has asked if they could use the full version, which I have enthusiastically approved. They have indicated that it should be available on their website sometime during 2016 www.mindaustralia.org.au.

 

 

 

 

CREATIVE WRITING PIECES THAT I EXHIBITED

 

Creative Writing Pieces written by the group 2015 and displayed at the 'Reflections Carer Group Exhibition - Exploring Our Identities' at Northcote Townhall, Melbourne, Australia 18.11. 2015 Copyright protected.jpg

Creative Writing Pieces written by the group 2015 and displayed at the ‘Reflections Carer Group Exhibition – Exploring Our Identities’ at Northcote Town-hall, Melbourne, Australia 18.11. 2015 Copyright protected.jpg

 

There were three creative writing pieces that were accepted to be exhibited that I had written during my creative writing sessions. These were included in the MIND Australia ‘Reflections Exhibition – Exploring Our Identities’ booklet as well.  These creative writing pieces I especially chose to exhibit, because of the feelings and emotions they had evoked when I wrote them, and they are as following:

 

No. 1 – Title:  “The Happy Box”

My greatest life-long challenge has been to become an expert at being a fully-functional human being.  I have learned to treasure the smallest of delights and recall them in my melancholy moments; to use them to uplift my spirits, when day-to-day life has failed to do so.  To help me gain this sense of expertise in being a fully-functional human being, I just recently developed a system for myself, and I called it the ‘happy box’!  I ask myself each day, is what I am going to be doing this day, going to tick the ‘happy box’?  And if the answer is yes, then it is included within my daily doings, and if the answer is no, I take the time out to ask myself, why do it at all in that case?  My mental well-being has greatly benefited from this approach – this fully-functional human being challenge – feeling good about life.  Thank you ‘happy box’…

© Karen Robinson, 2015

 

No. 2 – Title:  “How Precious Time Is…”

Just sit here while I walk across here to get your script.”  My husband dutifully sat, looking pale, weak and sickly.  I was afraid he would not live through those terrible chemotherapy treatments.  This experience that I shared with him has left me understanding how precious our time together has been, and is still today!

       © Karen Robinson, 2015

 

No. 3 – Title:  “Support”

Support me please!  I need your support, don’t turn away and leave me standing here alone and destitute, I need you.  I know, I know, I am a pain and I know I ask for too much, but don’t leave me – I will not make it without you – come back – don’t go.  It’s OK, I can be strong, I will be strong, I will support me, I can do it – yes I have done it – thank self…

       © Karen Robinson, 2015

 

NB:  Please click on link to view the ‘Reflections Exhibition’ booklet FINAL Mind_Reflections_ExhibitionBooklet_final.

 

Creative Writing Carers Group with MIND Australia at Northcote Townhall writing for the 'Reflections Carers Group Exhibition' 2015 Photo featuring Karen Robinson NB All images are copyright protected.

Creative Writing Carers Group with MIND Australia at Northcote Townhall writing for the ‘Reflections Carers Group Exhibition’ 2015 Photo featuring Karen Robinson NB All images are copyright protected.

 

CONCLUSION – Overall for 2015!

This year’s opportunity to exhibit via my very first solo exhibition and through two very different types of group exhibitions has been an adventure I wouldn’t have imagined years earlier.  I am so grateful for these opportunities where I have been able to share my art for therapy and my creative writing efforts.  But most importantly, I have been able to hear and see the works of others in a way that has been very touching, thought provoking and heartwarming.  Having had the opportunity to meet and share with some wonderful people has improved my sense of well-being exponentially and for this I am humbly appreciated of – thank you all…

 

Gillian Scaduto MIND Australia Facilitator - Art Therapy & Creative Writing with Karen Robinson at 'Reflections Carer Group Exhibition' Northcote Town-hall, Melbourne Australia 2015 NB Images protected by copyright

Gillian Scaduto MIND Australia Facilitator – Art Therapy & Creative Writing with Karen Robinson at ‘Reflections Carer Group Exhibition’ Northcote Town-hall, Melbourne Australia 2015 NB Images protected by copyright

 

 

 

Please click here to read more about ‘Reflections – Exploring Our Identities’ Exhibition 2015

 

 

Footnote:

The process of painting, painting story writing and digital photo painting has offered me a way of expressing thoughts and emotions which can be difficult to say out loud.  I also came to understanding that art can be a very powerful way of communicating with others.  Therapy via art – gave me a voice…

My art therapy journey has been an important part of recent years and still will be an important part in years to come.  I am hoping that by sharing my art therapy journey, will inspire others, to take up art therapy to find their voice – in order to be able to move forward in most difficult of times.  Art Therapy has brought me now to a much better place where I find myself being able to seek joy in each day.  As an ongoing process, I will be blogging about my art therapy journey “moving forward” and expand on how others have used/are using art therapy to assist physical and emotional well-being.  I hope you will join me!

 


© Karen Robinson – January 2016

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