Art the path to healing

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

ART is more than just about paint­ing for Mun­ster artist Ebony Black­ley – it is also about healing.

She will open her first art ex­hi­bi­tion at Ki­dogo Art­house in Fre­man­tle on Thurs­day, June 7.

When the for­mer Ap­ple­cross High School stu­dent was 20 years old she had an ac­ci­dent and broke her neck. Ms Black­ley, now 29, said a dark­ness hov­ered over her for a long time.

“My re­cov­ery took hold when I started paint­ing – I would paint for hours and it felt like a few min­utes had passed,” she said. “My neck healed much faster than my mind.” The artist be­gan cre­at­ing with her grand­fa­ther in his wood­turn­ing work­shop in Fal­con when she about five.

“I started at­tend­ing draw­ing, paint­ing and print­mak­ing work­shops at Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre about three months af­ter the ac­ci­dent,” she said.

“Be­fore my in­jury I al­ways liked to draw but found with work and other com­mit­ments I strug­gled to find the time. I have a feel­ing that my ac­ci­dent might have hap­pened to bring me back to art.”

She said she was sur­prised and hum­bled that her ex­hi­bi­tion had come to­gether.

“If some­one looks at a paint­ing or pho­to­graph in my ex­hi­bi­tion and has a moment of still­ness be­tween thoughts and is aware of that space, I couldn’t ask for any­thing more,” she said.

De­spite her chal­lenges Ms Black­ley said she had much to be grate­ful for and hoped to gain an arts res­i­dency.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483286

Ebony Black­ley cred­its art for putting her back on the path to health af­ter she broke her neck in an ac­ci­dent.

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