This artwork is part of the Transformations exhibition in Casino.
This artwork is part of the Transformations exhibition in Casino.

A better life through art

Transformations is the latest exhibition at Platypus Gallery in Centre St, Casino.

To transform means to change - outward appearance, character, disposition - from one state to another. This art exhibition does that on two levels - in the art itself and as a metaphor for the tangible results it has inspired in the work of rehabilitation.

A group of local Aboriginal women, including Bundjalung elders Aunty Phyllis Torrens and her daughters Margaret, Gloria and grand-daughter Jodie, Aunty Kath Combo and sisters Jacki and Gwen Williams, meets weekly to paint, yarn and transform natural plants and other materials into works of art on silk.

Using leaves, flowers and natural colours derived from vegetables and plants, artworks with beautifully subtle tones and textures are created.

The group is dedicated to educating and supporting issues related to the effects of drug and alcohol use in their community through painting, talking and sharing experiences and culture.

For the last four years, the group has been facilitated by INTRA (an outreach drug and alcohol program based at The Buttery) whose support has enabled the women to create banners and paintings that explore the impact of drugs and alcohol within communities from Casino to Tabulam and Muli Muli.

These gatherings bring together women of all ages to share their histories and drug and alcohol issues. And to connect with younger women.

The group received funding from the Country Arts Support Program (through Arts NSW) to employ a screen printing artist to teach them natural dyeing and printing techniques using silk and other materials. They were joined in the project by women from Jambama who also donated their space for this workshop.

This exhibition is the result of that collaboration.

The opening is this Friday, October 2, at 5pm. Everyone is welcome.

Transformations runs till October 31.


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