This month’s Featured Artist is no stranger to Art Therapy. We’ve written about her wonderful work in the past about how she created a program to help indigenous women in Australia recover from trauma. You can read her story and see pictures of the women she helped. It’s a truly inspiring story and one that we suggest you read for yourself. You can also learn more about Lee from our featured interview below.
Image Gallery from Lee George
Interview with Featured Artist: Lee George
1a. Can you give the readers a bio about who you are, where you’re from, what you do, etc?
My people come from Magnetic Island, North Queensland. I am 43 years old, a social worker and Indigenous artist. I come from a big family, there is a big mob of us (11).
1b. Can you talk about your work with indigenous women, and specifically the support you provide women in Australia?
Presently I work within the Domestic Violence sector as a DV Counsellor, supporting and advocating on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who experience domestic and familial violence. Its a difficult job, but one that is rewarding. A lot of our women (including myself) endure lives filled with violence and trauma, so its an honor for me to listen to their experiences, hopes and dreams when they walk through to the other side. Working in this sector isn’t just about domestic violence, quite often our women have issues which they are dealing with such as transgenerational trauma, being removed, child safety issues, family break down, incarceration, being the soldiers….
2. Describe yourself in 5 words.
Compassionate, daring, expressive, emotional, fierce
3. If 3 of your best friends were hanging out with you, what’s one thing they’d all jokingly make fun of you for?
That I always choose the “wrong” one….hahaha
4. What are you passionate about? This can be work-related, personal, whatever you would like to share.
I am passionate about assisting in the healing processes of my people.
5. Is art, or the process of creating art, therapeutic for you in any way? If so, could you provide a recent example?
Art is always a therapeutic experience for me. For me I find strength in telling my story when I can sit quietly by myself and let the brush go where it wants to lead me. Its a very healing experience.
6. How has art influenced your perception of life?
Art has had a major influence in the way I connect with not only myself but also my spirit. Art has allowed me many opportunities to meet lots of beautiful Aboriginal women on their own personal journeys of healing and searching for that place that gives them peace. I love the proudness in their faces when they have that one piece of art work that makes them feel worth while. That’s why I do what I do.
7. What are some other things or people that inspire/motivate you?
People who are kind, who are non-judgmental, who treat people with respect and compassion inspire and motivate me to do the same. I love listening to kids laughing, its the best feeling and hearing their giggles is uplifting…that inspires me..happy kids filled with laughter, nothing better…a walk on a beach motivates me too especially the beach back home on country…Horseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island, I love sitting on that beach and just reflecting..it is very powerful…heals my spirit and connects me to country!
8. Do you believe creativity is an innate quality? Please explain.
I think we all have innate qualities, it depends on how we embrace and are encouraged to develop those qualities.
9. What are some wise words or advice you would like to offer people reading this?
Just do your best and everything else will follow…..
10. You have been selected to go on an all expenses paid vacation with 3 people you’ve never met (dead or alive). Who is going on vacation with you and where?
Umm, K.D. Lang, Keb Mo and family members i never got to meet
SPEED ROUND – Quick questions with quick answers. Ready, go!
What is your favorite food?
If you could be one animal, which one would you be?
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Where on the world wide web can we learn more about you?
I’m not really on the web, but anyone can drop me a line in the comments below for a yarn about art…I’d really appreciate making friends from far and wide who are just as passionate about me in helping people heal through the medium of art…