Through Trauma, comes something amazing!

Thursday 18 Apr 2019

Maayu Mali resident Stephan Harris from Ivanhoe, NSW has been through the residential rehabilitation centre for 3 months. He expresses that through all the trauma and abuse of drug & alcohol he has adapted to using Art as a form of therapy to “help him get through the pain”.

He started painting in Jail 2 years ago to “keep his mind off things” and he has learnt from a local Wellington Elder how to draw traditional people, places and spirits. These paintings are highly noticed throughout the centre and wider community of Moree. Furthermore Stephan has entered in many art competitions in the past year and results have been amazing.

He has designed the 2019 Ella 7s Jersey for the local Moree team ‘Mehi Warriors’- where they will be displayed in the upcoming competition in March. He says that the story on this jersey is about the local totem and the traditional Ibis dance.

He wants to achieve more in his art therapy back home in Ivanhoe by creating more artworks for communities to put on their jerseys and get the work in the public eye.

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