Time out

Wild paint­ings help artist heal

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Col­man

Fol­low­ing the birth of her first child and news of her sec­ond, Alana Clumeck turned to paint­ing to ease the symp­toms of pre­na­tal de­pres­sion while liv­ing away from her fam­ily.

The Mar­garet River-born artist now lives with her hus­band and chil­dren in the Santa Ynez Val­ley of Cal­i­for­nia’s Santa Bar­bara County.

Her new ex­hi­bi­tion, Wall­flower, is on dis­play at a bou­tique cloth­ing store in Los Olivos, not far from her new home, and is a col­lec­tion of work that chan­nels the process that helped her over­come pre­na­tal de­pres­sion.

“From some­where deep within, I had an over­bear­ing de­sire to be cre­ative,” she said.

“I pur­chased some art sup­plies, and once I started, I couldn’t stop.

“It be­came my ther­apy, and I’d lose my­self in my paint­ings for hours on end.”

Clumeck’s art­works are a fu­sion of her up­bring­ing in coun­try WA and her new life in Cal­i­for­nia.

Wall­flower is a play on words of the old Aus­tralian slang phrase, re­fer­ring to her paint­ings as hav­ing a lot more depth and mean­ing be­yond the paint.

Her work fea­ture golden hills, spring flow­ers and fierce, bold an­i­mals that Clumeck said re­mind her of Mar­garet River, but also res­onate as a sym­bol of her strug­gle with men­tal health.

“Hav­ing grown up in ru­ral WA, wildlife, na­ture and the out­doors bring a cer­tain amount of nos­tal­gia to me,” she said.

“Sym­bol­i­cally, I res­onate best when paint­ing a horse kick­ing and buck­ing, or run­ning pow­er­fully wild and free.

“I feel a par­al­lel be­tween us as moth­ers hav­ing to con­form or be a cer­tain role in life, just as horses are trained in cer­tain dis­ci­plines, but in­wardly we have these wild, crazy dreams that are just wait­ing to run free.”

Clumeck’s younger brother is pro­fes­sional surfer Yadin Ni­col, and she said their child­hood ad­ven­tures on the coast also shaped her art.

“I guess you could con­sider it a ‘free range’ up­bring­ing of sorts,” she said.

“We were grubby, ad­ven­tur­ous kids, who roamed the bush and spent min­i­mal time indoors.”

Clumeck’s art will be on dis­play in Los Olivos un­til the end of the year, but for ev­ery­one in Aus­tralia, her work can be seen at alana­clumeck.com.

Artist Alana Clumeck draws in­spi­ra­tion from wildlife and an­i­mals. Wall­pa­per is on show in a Cal­i­for­nian bou­tique cloth­ing store.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.