As I was gathering my thoughts to prepare for this piece, I dove into the feelings of what I wanted to convey. It was from a space of vulnerability that I started to express my feelings onto canvas. This painting for Sunny Kids, an organisation that helps domestic violence. survivors and their children has a special and personal meaning to me. The dance of energy between us, the unseen emotions that speak volumes. As humans we do this everyday in some form or other as we relate to all that is around us.
Looking back, in retrospect about my own journey, I remember the feeling one day of relief, where I didn’t have to keep looking over my shoulder and a sense that there is a light at the end of all this. I likened it to when you dive under a wave in the surf and you come up and see the sunrise.
It takes vulnerability to express what’s in your heart… So I’m back in that vulnerable space painting this and putting it out there for everyone to see.
Art communicates, educates, and transforms! It reinvents the way we look at things around us. How we value them and most of all, how we transform them to see how the future can look. It all starts in the imagination.
“The Space Between Us” is my expression of the light that you feel when you see that sunrise, the emotions of joy, love and freedom.
Michelle Mann is a local artist and illustrator from Woombye. Michelle is available for commissions and you can view more of my art on my website – www.michellemannart.com/shop
Mingle with the Major, Sunny Kids have said they will use the money raised from the auction of this piece to hire a full time counsellor based in Cooroy and possibly also Noosa town.
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