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Larissa MacFarlane, A crisis is a terrible thing to waste

Larissa MacFarlane, A crisis is a terrible thing to waste

Larissa MacFarlane

Linocut, 2011

Artist Statement

Living with chronic physical and mental illness, it feels like my life is a series of crises. But however painful that maybe, I have learnt that each crisis does pass. I might be broken, but that means I have potential for healing and growing stronger. With every breakdown, I have many breakthroughs. And as things fall apart, I know there will be new beginnings. Right now, I feel rather alone and scared, but I have knowledge and history on my side, keeping me focussed on the possibilities. And I choose not to waste a crisis or the healing lessons I may learn! This two-block linocut also uses the Chinese-Vietnamese symbol for longevity, indicating the future ahead.

Judges’ Comments

This print evokes memories of childhood but manage to also threaten us through it contrasts between life and death.  Wonderful use of symbols to tell the story.