Like most people you speak to who have settled in Alice Springs, I came from the Gold Coast, Queensland for six months on my way to somewhere and never left. I made the desert change seven years ago and the universe has kept me on my toes ever since.
A range of traumatic events including bereavement, miscarriage, house flood, burglary, two major operations including unexpected open heart surgery and the physical and geographical isolation from the rest of the world including my family and friends, has certainly made me appreciate the beauty of simplicity, love, nature and the year 2020 highlighted the importance of gratitude especially for the little things.
Therapeutic characteristics of artistic expression have helped me through some tough events in recent times. This, in addition to the natural beauty of the desert, nature and the outback, has reignited my love of all the forms of creativity that I enjoyed as a child. Whether it be painting, photography, writing or music, the time feels right for me to share my new “open heart”.
The purpose of this venture is really a visual memoir of self-discovery with the hope that along the way I can sprinkle a little colour (my name Lavai meaning “Rainbow” in Kerema language) on the world and create timeless images that may live in people’s homes and hearts.
I recently heard a beautiful quote that resonated with me – “serving humanity with creativity”. That is where I am at and how I would like to spend the rest of my time on the planet.
Thank you for stopping by.
Natasha Lavai x