The art of faith: A journey to soul
A presentation by Dr Dawne Domah
Thursday, December 6, 2012 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15
The subject of this illustrated presentation originates from the many pathways of a personal journey. A journey can take many forms including illness, and individuation is often gained by resolving conflicts that arise from life’s transitional stages. These two signifiers come together in a story of two sisters that is told through the eyes of art.
During the various treatments and recoveries until her sister’s death, and later in mourning, the author continued to create art in response to her sister’s suffering and as a tribute to her journey. Simultaneously this experience was placed into context by undertaking academic research that led to the award of a PhD. Her thesis was called The Power of Art and its Transformative Properties, A shamanic model and her sister’s transformative journey was analysed as a case study.
The large body of art that was created as prayers for her dying sister became The Art of Faith. This collection of art circles and defines a significant journey that contains symbols of life and death and ended in hope and resolution. It was art that foretold events before they happened; it was art that brought encouragement and release; it was art that recorded the symbols of individuation. Uplifting, engaging and thought provoking, this powerful story contains transformative visual images that are drawn from the depths of the inner life.
Dr Dawne Domah is an artist and educator whose field of research is situated in the interface between art and shamanism. Recently she was awarded a PhD (La Trobe University) while her previous degrees were from Sussex University UK (MA research), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Dip. Art) and Technical Teacher’s Training College (TTC.). Independently she studied complementary disciplines. Having been awarded a Master of Spiritual Science, she is currentl y researching a Doctorate of Spiritual Science with the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness.
Dawne is a practicing artist who reveres the transformative value of art. Her career spans three decades of lecturing and teaching art in Australia and Canada; for half of this time she lectured in Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. As well, she has taught diverse private workshops that explored art as a language of soul.