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The Southern Cross : February 2012
The Southern Cross Page 6 February 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au Narungga woman Ingrid O'Loughlin says her unique artwork of an Indigenous-influenced cross practically painted itself right up to the eleventh hour. From a make-shift studio in her kitchen, Ingrid spent 30 hours over six weeks working on a painting commissioned by Catholic Education South Australia for its Indigenous Education Team. "I had an instant image of what I was going to paint," says Ingrid of the moment CESA Indigenous Education Consultant Kellie Lewis briefed her on the painting. "It's as if I was guided; I was the tool to paint it," she says. The final section of the painting was added less than an hour before Ingrid was due to hand the piece over to CESA: "Something was telling me there was a little more I could do." Ingrid, 56, has painted much of her adult life, with many of her works being gifted to family and friends. "I really do paint for the pleasure and the enjoyment it gives me and gives to others." The painting, just under one metre tall, was presented to CESA in October and is being incorporated in banners celebrating the influence of Indigenous students, teachers and families in Catholic education. "Illustrating and encompassing the beautiful images of our natural world, this is my visual representation of spiritual and cultural connectedness that express common beliefs and depicts various symbols of both Aboriginal culture and the Christian faith," says Ingrid. A poem written by Ingrid explaining the meaning of the artwork forms part of the painting. "Throughout this very ancient and most sacred land, the symbol of Christ's holy presence can be found," says the poem. Dr Roma Aloisi, Indigenous education, learning and student wellbeing senior education adviser, says enrolment of Aboriginal students in Catholic schools in South Australia has grown steadily over the past decade, with families representing Indigenous communities from most of the State and nation. "The contribution of Aboriginal communities to the Catholic Church and to Catholic education is enormous and together the two traditions can move forward to create a new, and exciting future," says Dr Aloisi. "Ingrid's artwork represents this beautifully." HARMONY: Narungga woman Ingrid O'Loughlin with her Indigenous Cross painting at the Catholic Education Office in Thebarton. Ingrid guided by the brush By Rebecca DiGirolamo When you engage in Funeral ritual, you acknowledge life passed, give meaning to life lived, encounter your sense of loss, When someone we love dies, we touch the mystery of life changing, not ending. Life changing. Signature Service ... since 1867 Dedicated to Faith-centred Funerals (08) 8223 5879 Phone Any time Every day 49 Wakefield Street, Adelaide 5000. www.frankjsiebert.com.au 100% South Australian family owned Proprietor & Manager B Siebert Funeral Directors Frank J Siebert and your journey of grieving. Fr Dean Marin Ph: (08) 8232 8688 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au Priesthood looking for... may be what you ve been What will stick with? you You are welcome tothe' Inquirers Mass' *St Mary' s Church, 179 Stanley St, North Adelaide Next Masses 7.30pm Fridays 2nd March 2012 and 13th April 2012 | news