Inspired Lives was exhibited at The Dax Centre in late 2012/early 2013. It explored the impact of suicide on individuals through the perspective of artists who have directly experienced suicide.
According to The Dax Centre, “Inspired Lives shares the original voice of suicide survivors. It reveals the deeply personal experiences of individuals who are working through their struggles, finding inspiration and taking steps towards healing. Regional artists Mic Eales and Konii Burns draw on personal narrative and symbolism in their installation-based artworks to explore the psychological and spiritual crisis of suicide and its damaging after effects. Their imaginative and immersive large-scale artworks use found objects and the materials of the natural world to give shape to painful emotions in turn transforming them into expressions of hope.”
The exhibition was part of a larger project that includes a book, To Die or To Live: An insider’s view of suicide through arts by artists who have chosen to live, co-edited by Dr Erminia Colucci (University of Melbourne).
The issue of suicide has been explored in two works by Jessica Raschke: Suicide Silence (installed at Kings ARI) and Suicide Spirits (performed at Kinds ARI as part of Darren Valentine’s OMG!).