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