Art bought at the Art From Your Heart auction
The first piece was by famous playwright Alana Valentine. It shows open padlocks and keys, describing the process of freedom of those escaping domestic violence:
Alana Valentine describes the piece:
“My artwork is about the idea of locks being able to keep us safe. We think of locks keeping the danger out but too often violence comes from within the family itself. I also wanted to reference the practice of ‘love locks’, symbols of love which are carved on padlocks and then attached to the fences of public attractions around the world. So there is a conscousness in this work of the lovelocks which are there in the first flush of passion and the fear locks that emerge when the passion turns to violence. Ultimately the only thing that can keep us safe is mutual respect and a determinaton not to tolerate abuse of any kind.”
Its message to me was compelling. It says, simply: “Stop Violence” and shows a large handprint and two smaller handprints. It was painted by a mother and her two children who are living in one of Australia’s CEO Challenge partner refuges. This is the first thing they have done together in peace.
The third piece of art is here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10151262745754343&set=a.10151262743994343.514898.132719399342&type=1&theater
It shows a heart “Family” and a broken heart “No Family”. It was painted by twin boys who were staying at one of the refuges.