Meet Patricia

Our artist for Narembeen is local Wheatbelt artist Patricia Rose. Patricia’s artwork is all around Northam and she is a familiar name in town, but I was only formally introduced her when I started this project. Our initial concept was creating a collaborative mural, but when we met with the Shire of Narembeen, it worked out perfectly to get the kids involved to design the new skate park. The Narembeen Workshop is from 23 November to 30 November. For more information on this and other workshops, visit our waitlist page!


DA: What got you into painting?

Ordinarily I use many different mediums, though my preference at present is acrylic aerosol. I began using the medium as a strategy to attract and engage youth in arts practice. I became interested in street art so that I could enter the mural scene.

I wanted to engage in street art to communicate with the public and educate through imagery. I wanted to talk to the community about social and environmental issues, so I believed I had to take it to the street.


DA: What’s the biggest change you see in yourself from 3 years ago to today?

My direction was always on education, but my focus went from environmental issues to mental health and drug addiction. I began my journey focused on the environment, then when working on the street I found that for many young people mental health, was needed to be addressed before any impact could be made on the environmental front.  Many people are losing their lives , because of underlying mental health issues of trauma, that I believe is worked into the foundations of our society. This whole country was founded on toxic energy that is generationally transferred to our society today.

I now work closely with people dealing with drug addiction because of societal trauma. Painting on the street brought me close to this community.


DA: What do you hope to achieve in these workshops?

I hope to incorporate the  environment in this project. For one the project is within the wheatbelt farming community and connection to the natural environment is paramount. The importance of the natural environment is important to our mental health. Those that live in built up areas are prone to mental health issues because of the disconnection to the land. An artificial society and disconnect to nature are the bases to our mental and physical health issues, I believe. Technological society is put an ever-expanding wedge between humanity and the natural world. By focusing on our flora and fauna, it reminds us of our natural world.


DA: When feeling discouraged, what gets you back on track?

When I feel discouraged, I get back on track when I paint. Painting for me is meditation. It’s a place that I go in my mind to release all negative energy and all that is troubling. Focusing on the task takes away all other distractions. And it gives me a sense of achievement.


DA: What is my most listened to song right now?

The most listened to song right now is Spirit Nights by Jamie Garlett. It’s a song about finding oneself after losing oneself through drug addiction. Jamie wrote this song on our Rehab Our Way Project.

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