ZEN REEF - EXHIBITION SERIES
RATIONALE: The Great Barrier Reef is part of our East Australian Coast and apart from being one of the Wonders of the World, it is also one of the largest Marine Reef Eco-systems in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is home to a vast variety of species and attracts visitors from all over the world.
Water: one of the most healing agents in the world. A gift from God, Mother Earth, Gaia, the Universe.... whatever you believe, the healing effects of being in our Oceans is second to none. Healing - Mentally, Emotionally, Spiritually and yes, sometimes physically.
Personally: I have loved the Reef since the first time my parents took me to see it back in the 80's. We moved up from Sydney in 1988. Soon settling in under the gaze of the famous "Castle Hill" ...
Mum and Dad began to take our families on day trips to the Great Barrier Reef.
We would travel out on the 3 hour journey with 'Pure Pleasure Cruises' to the pontoon out at Kelso Reef, where we would snorkel all day until we were exhausted, then enjoy a buffet 'all-you-can-eat' seafood, cold meats and salad. Mum used to say she mainly went for the buffet, but I know she enjoyed the reef too.
Growing up, we would also spend holidays on Magnetic Island, and a fond memory of mine was that every year, we were allowed to select a mini sculpture of an animal made from sea-shells to take home. I LOVED my little collection of shell-animals.
Reaching adulthood - I moved away from the years 2002 - 2015.... During this time, I was inland, and away from the Ocean... I would often drive 3 hours to the Caboolture coast with my kids "just" to taste the ocean... it wasn't the Reef, which was so beloved to me - it was rough and untamed, but still full of power and healing, cleansing waters.
2015 - I returned home. To my family, to a new job, new relationship, and bac