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Do you sometimes feel that the world has gone just a little bit crazy? Does it feel like the mayhem, chaos, fear or hate that's flying around social media could burgeon into something that might just implode?
Feelings along these lines have inspired a fabulous exhibition that is showing until the end of July at Mrs Harris' Shop, a tiny art gallery in Torrensville.
Stories of when love made a difference grew out of a rising sense of concern about the ease with which people are finding fault with others, and responding with anger or hurt.
Organiser Kate Simpson says that at the centre of the exhibition is the assumption that when it all boils down, we have a choice between love and fear. She says, 'As we set out to explore this, a question came that seemed to take us right where we needed to be. "What would love do?" asked in times of distress takes us quickly to our best selves.'
Kate had spent some time working in Pakistan and was inspired by buses and trucks that are covered in light reflective vinyl, cut to ornate patterns. On a dark night, on a mountain road, when headlights hit them, they explode into a radiant statement.
'This exhibition is our statement in the name of love, used not in small fuzzy kitschiness, but in loud joyous recognition that it is what connects us together and to our best selves', says Kate.
Kate and two colleagues, Barb Donaldson, an experienced community art facilitator, and Jane Greet, artist, took the project to the community. Along the way, others joined them to help with facilitation and creating exhibition works.
In turn, around 150 people came on the journey, making gifts for the exhibition, small expressions of their desire to see love, rather than fear, win the day.
They created in workshops in schools, community centres and at several 'get-togethers'. Some are sophisticated works and others are simple expressions of love. They're created on an aluminium sheet, some bursting with colour, others relying on the design for impact.
Some pieces also carry the story that inspired them, each expressing the importance of love, to us as individuals and as a community.