Artwork by: Les Stewart
Starting from the bottom up: If you look at the bottom wave of dots – the white dots are smaller in size than those at the top. The white is surrounded by yellow (giver of life) and the yellow is surrounded by the red dots (the blood shed through Domestic and family violence in communities).
The small white dots represent the small weakened spirits that have come through life (yellow) and is now shedding tears and blood (red) from violence in our families created by Domestic and family violence.
The Dancing Crane creates stronger blood that gives stronger life, and this creates stronger spirits. Like the bird and the design, everything becomes flowing and beautiful. It comes to a peak above with a strong flow – stronger dots over the beautiful bird showing strength. It connects all the strength and power with its wide spread wings of hope that we all have for our women, families and community.
It is also still painted on the background of darkness that can over take if we do not keep adding to the painting to block out the sad and harmful dangers that hide in the shadows.
To me this painting represents the first time I attended the Domestic Violence Conference and what it has become, since then. The bird represents the beauty of the Forum, it’s people and the attendees. The lines are the waves of change, getting stronger as we add to the discussions and services. Under the umbrella of services, we head in one direction together to bring strength and support to our communities that are now providing the safety our women, children and families deserve. Which then supports our communities to become as one and beautiful like we want.