Shae Brown pictured with some of the art works of her partner Tyren Laidlaw (inset, below left), who died in December.
Shae Brown pictured with some of the art works of her partner Tyren Laidlaw (inset, below left), who died in December. Jacklyn Wagner

Artist’s life after death

TYREN Laidlaw made an impact on a lot of people and now, even after her death, she is still getting the opportunity to do so.

Ms Laidlaw died in December after a two-year battle with cancer and now her partner, Shae Brown, has put together an exhibition of works she discovered after Ms Laidlaw's death.

"Tyren created art as a form of self-expression and as a means to explore her experience of life; she didn't imagine that her work was gallery material," she said.

"Many people in Tyren's life were not aware of the extent and depth of her body of work - some were not aware that she created art at all."

Ms Brown described Ms Laidlaw's artworks as organic and emotional.

She said the show was called Beyond Reason, after she found the "title" sketched in large print in one of Ms Laidlaw's journals.

"It seems that Tyren knew, on some level, that there would be an art show after all."

Hosted and curated by Ms Brown and local acclaimed artist Jackson Gooch, the exhibition includes line prints, paintings, sketches and charcoal work. The show will include performing arts memorabilia from Ms Laidlaw's life.

Some prints will also be available for purchase with the proceeds to be donated to the Community Palliative Care Service in thanks for the support they gave Ms Laidlaw and her care team, to fulfil her wish to die at home.

"This will be a powerful showing of Tyren's art work as it is full of the expression of her experience during the two years she lived with cancer, as well as other times in her life," Ms Brown said.

Ms Laidlaw's approach to her illness and her impending mortality inspired many among her family and friends, Ms Brown said.



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