Si­grid Van Krieken

Alpine Observer - - News -

What is your job?

I am a chef at Wadding­tons at Ker­gun­yah. I make up my own dishes and put my own twist on things. Jan at Wadding­tons and I are a good fit be­cause we have the same ideas about food – we like that fresh­ness.

Tell us about your back­ground.

I was born in Hol­land and em­i­grated with my fam­ily to New Zea­land when I was ten. I grew up there un­til I was 20 and then came to Aus­tralia. I was set­ting out to ex­plore the world. The idea was to go to Asia and Europe, but that didn’t hap­pen be­cause I ended up hav­ing chil­dren.

How do you come to be in the Val­ley?

I worked in hospi­tal­ity in many parts of Aus­tralia, mainly Syd­ney, Noosa Heads and Hamil­ton Is­land. In Noosa my favourite restau­rant was The Jetty at Boreen Point. One of the chefs there was a well­known per­son at Falls Creek – they called him Mum­bles. He told me about Falls and I wanted to come be­cause I missed the sea­sons that we had in Hol­land. Straight away I no­ticed the air qual­ity; it was so dif­fer­ent from any­where else. It was a good life­style for my son and me.

Tell us about your art.

I used to spend hours draw­ing from when I was very young. Mostly they were fe­male im­ages. I be­lieve many girls do that. I was draw­ing from my imag­i­na­tion to ex­press my fe­male self-im­age. When I turned 50, an age when a woman of­ten ques­tions who she wants to be, I thought about whether I was hon­our­ing the dreams I had as an eight-year-old. I found an im­age of a woman’s face which called to me re­ally strongly. I found the artist, who lived in the States, and I trav­elled to the States to do a course with this woman, called ‘In­ten­tional Cre­ativ­ity’. It was a step-by-step method for ex­plor­ing your­self, find- ing who you are and your work in the world. This changed my life. I learned the teach­ing method and be­gan to hold reg­u­lar work­shops in this area and beyond. My dream is to have art re­treats on my farm in the Kiewa Val­ley and wher­ever they are needed. The same method was used to de­velop the mu­ral I am paint­ing at Nour­ish Whole Foods in Ta­wonga South.

What do you love about the job?

We use uni­ver­sal sym­bols in art to ex­press what we need in our jour­ney at this time, and about im­ple­ment­ing changes. Ev­ery per­son has their own cre­ativ­ity and the means to do this art. It then in­forms ev­ery day of your life. If you have a prob­lem you can start think­ing of things in a creative way. You can start defin­ing what is im­por­tant to you and how you want to live your life.

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