In my current training as an Art Therapist, we have been exploring “Life-scripts” (similar to
post-modern, post-structuralist ideas of being born into a subject-position. A somewhat
pre-determined role, shaped by our parents, history, culture etc….)
The Magnificat, the proclamation Mary made before Jesus was born, became the theme to his
life. I wanted to explore the adventure our human life-story goes on; through the different
cultures, times and spaces. How are we shaped by the story that pre-exists us? How might we
use “hope as a state of mind” (as described by Václav Havel) to make our story better? My
artwork is an attempt to depict the development of a life story, beginning before birth, and
changing, developing as it moves through time (yet all the time connected to it’s origin).
I have appropriated the aboriginal style of dot painting as the foundation layer for the artwork.
Aboriginal art represents “origins” in a general sense. This aboriginal image is covered with
“scripts”; extracts from newspapers, printouts of statistics about births; unmarried mothers
and infant deaths. All of which could influence our concept of “risk”, how we view the
world and make our choices.