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From Fractured to Fairytale (detail), by Livonne Larkins, 2018
1 Mar 2018

Part 1: Run, Run, As fast as you can. You can't catch me. I'm in Storybook Land

Photographic Installation

Artist's Statement from the Onion Reality Exhibition

This body of work was in response to two pieces at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The works of Mikala Dwyer and Nicholas Mangan transported me back to my childhood. What should have been a lovely bit of nostalgia, was, for me, quite traumatic. In revisiting the trauma, I started to realise that my love of reading had helped me to emotionally escape the sexual abuse I suffered from a very early age. Through reading, I learned to step out of my body and wander to fantasy lands where I was loved and protected.

By using photography and digital manipulation, along with props, costumes and make up, I recreated the stories of my childhood with me as the central figure, thus rewriting my childhood so that the imaginary characters that walked by my side protected me and overshadowed the evil sibling who subjected me to untold horror. I wanted to convey the beauty of stepping into a book and how an absorbing story can become a buffer from a cruel world. The whole concept is based on my belief that the imagination is one of the most powerful things we can encourage and nurture. It is possible to rewrite your own Happily Ever After.


From Fractured to Fairytale, Part 1: Run, Run, As fast as you can. You can't catch me. I'm in Storybook Land, by Livonne Larkins, 2018, was exhibited at the Onion Reality exhibition at Front Up, 9 – 11 Rowley Street, Seven Hills, NSW, from 27 February to 3 March, 2018. Livonne was a participant in the Emerge 2017 program supported by Ability Options, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Accessible Arts. It is funded by Ability Options, the Packer Family Foundation and Crown Resorts Foundation. The program is focused on supporting practicing artists with disability.

For more information on the work of Livonne Larkins, you can visit Facebook, Instagram and her website along with YouTube.

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