Taking art to the heart

Artist Debra Dougherty with her thought-provoking pieces.

Debra Dougherty has been concerned about the environment for a very long time and it shows in many of her artworks.

In this exhibition she takes it a step further and has created a body of work over the last year or so, that speaks of climate emergency and expresses Debra’s and in many ways, the world’s grief over what is being lost.

Here is rt that pokes and prods you, moves you, digs into your heart.

Debra’s solo exhibition is expressing her ‘soul nostalgia’ as she refers to it.

Mixed media collages with photos of children from early Australia are displaced into a frightening future.

This will give you a sense of unease, and it is Art to make you ponder our fragile place in time.

Debra believes our grandchildren will not share the earth with birds and trees like our grandparents did. Her expressive artworks will give you pause, time to react with your heart.

‘Future Past’ opens on Friday 25 October at 5.30pm at Wan’din’in arts space, 73 Memorial Drive Eumundi – behind Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre. The exhibition continues until 16 November.

All are welcome to attend and there will be nibbles on arrival and a cash bar available. RSVP is appreciated to info@discovereumundi.com

There will be a free demonstration by the artist on Friday 8 November, 10.30am to 1.30pm.

Debra will layer on acrylic paint, searching for a place deep inside herself that has strong feelings.

She will then look at her expressive mark making to see what collage she will use to add to the story. “’My soul is grieving for our lost ecology. My fear that we have no future oozes out onto the canvas,” Debra said.

Some time for discussion of ideas and methods will be interspersed with the demonstration. Tea and coffee supplied, bring your own lunch. For further details visit www.discovereumundi.com/arts-space/calendar \

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