The Faces of NUAA project tells stories from NUAA family with portraits by acclaimed Sydney Photographer Chris Peken. The project aims to challenge the stereotypes to reduce the stigma people who use drugs often face, particularly from the media and in health care.
Music was like religion to me. And that opened up my mind, like when I was playing punk rock and I was listening to bebop too, because bebop still freaks me out. What is it? What is bebop? What do they do? Where do they get that from? I was playing punk rock and I was listening to bebop…and they came together in the Laughing Clowns.
I thought law would be interesting and give me a chance to make a change. I wanted to be a rockstar or a lawyer. I can’t sing. I can’t play an instrument. So I’m a lawyer . The law seemed to be a functional way to do English. You like arguing, you like words, and it will be more likely to get you a job.
What I believed, actually, was the only reason I was making paintings and other people weren’t, is that they were somehow how getting life right and I just had this spare time to make paintings. Somehow it was a sign of not getting life right. I had that belief that everyone else was doing things right and I was somehow struggling through it.
I like to think that mine is a story of resilience, a story of finding a path and a way though, a story about being okay with oneself. I've become a 'collector'. Lately I've gotten into items that I like antique dolls, ventriloquist dolls. Sometimes we put them so they’re facing out at the neighbour to scare her, it looks like they’re following her around. They’re a bit creepy.