I was pleased
You see, I achieved a long-held dream by entering a painting in Mandorla 2022, the national religious biennale art award. Visit website https://mandorlaart.com/2022-mandorla-art-award/ for background, and to see some exquisite art. Here's my entry “Yesterday, today, tomorrow. The oracle has spoken”
Tell us about the work you are entering.
Climate change accelerated. 2019-20 Australia responded with Black Summer Fires. Our tired, worn-out Earth. 2020 Covid came like an oracle. The world went quiet. Industrialisation ceased. Earth took a monumental deep breath as carbon pollution paused bringing starlit skies and views of the Himalayas. Nature sang. An opportunity for metamorphosis, where Earthlings contemplate spiritual mysteries and rebirth. A chrysalis emerging as a butterfly. Our dwindled botany reaches to a bush butterfly.
Tell us about you and your arts practice.
When Covid struck, the go-go world went quiet. It was curious the way my mind freed as commitments dissolved, leaving delicious time for my art. I watched and painted migrating shorebirds. I’m a naturalist and conservationist. I walked forests and beaches. My art is realistically contemplative. I’ve a passion and philosophical perspective for the beauty in our natural world. I‘m inspired by sunlight on water, stars, the moon, shadows, birdsong and the less explored places. www.suekalab.com
It brought a smile to my face when I finished this work and its complex, concise writing with its deep story. I'm a firm believer there is a Higher Power, that Intelligence which created the universe and share this view with native cultures world-wide. It makes me happy to have achieved this painting but I do wish it could help bring healing to our planet Earth.
Almost 300 entries submitted from across Australia, and 42 selected. So, I stand with 250 others and know I am not alone in being disappointed. A silver lining to this particular cloud is that I can share this with you