Acrylic on Canvas 2017
Lani’s artwork represents a person’s journey and coping through life on Country suffering with chronic disease, including pain. The isolation a person may experience from communities and families as a result of suffering from physical, mental and spiritual pain is explored.
Lani has incorporated personal experiences of chronic pain, and has emphasised the message that chronic pain does not define a person, but may help them to connect with others around them, and to build stories through their journeys.
There is hope that pain can be managed symbolised by the feather at the top of the artwork. The key strategies to manage pain include healthy lifestyle, good food, managing stress and exercise.
Lani depicts four connections - health, mind, body and spirit, which are all associated with the experience of pain. The smaller connections emerging from the fire represent coping with pain.
The Aboriginal figure in the centre is painted in red dots to describe the grief, loss and trauma experienced in life.
The stigma of pain, shame and isolation that may result is seen in the middle round circle which represents isolation. The hand print represents identity, a person’s suffering and shame.
The red dotted flames of fire represent the source of pain showing Aboriginal connection to Country and way of life and dealing with chronic pain and disease.