A CHANCE encounter with a woman who has been protesting outside the Family Law Court in Lismore was the inspiration for a three-dimensional piece made from an old cupboard. The Power of Choice is currently on exhibition in the Star Court Arcade's Window of Opportunity.
Artist Nicolle Reeves said the cupboard tells the story of a family breakdown. From the top tier to the bottom it portrays an all too-familiar story of initial harmony and attraction between a man and a woman, followed by marital discord, bitter legal disputes, and the devastating effect of the eventual separation on the couple's children.
"I wanted to try and create a piece of art that could make people stop and think about the inadequacy of our legal system to truly assist people in distress and the effect of failed relationships on children everywhere - myself included," Nicolle said.
The piece has been modified from one Nicolle originally displayed at the Ian Potter Centre in Melbourne and the Ballarat Fine Arts Gallery. Nicolle has been travelling around Australia for the past three years, working in isolated mining camps to earn money to support her art and travels. Most recently she worked for a large catering company which feeds fly-in-fly-out miners in Western Australia.
On a visit to Lismore she met the woman who inspired the work and also discovered the Window of Opportunity. She approached shop owner Susanna Carpi about displaying the work. The Window of Opportunity is part of the Art in the Heart project and The Power of Choice will be on exhibition until mid-September.
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