Today we welcome Australian artist Mic Eales to the project. Thank you, Mic, for sharing your moving and inspiring work.
Mic is a sculptor/mixed media/installation artist. He is currently undertaking a PhD titled, Different Voice, Different Perspective: a visual arts enquiry into understanding suicide through original voice narratives, at Southern Cross University.
He is a suicide survivor in the sense that he has twice attempted to take his own life and having lost his brother to suicide in 2002. It was after his brother’s death that he began creating a series of major art pieces about the personal, social and cultural ramifications of suicide.
He was the 2008 winner of the Windmill Trust Scholarship award for regional artists. The scholarship provided assistance to take his installation – too few ladders – to Italy where he presented his work at the 2nd World Association of Cultural Psychiatry Congress (WACP) in Norcia, Italy.
Since 2008, Mic and suicidologist, Dr Erminia Colucci, have been working together running workshops and seminars on how the arts might be used to provide new insight and understanding into the issue of suicide. Mic has a passionate interest in storytelling through his art and works from his studio on a small farm in northern NSW.