Fable releases inner fears
LITTLE Red Riding Hood will feature in the latest Art in the Heart pop-up project, launched by Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell at midday today in the Star Court Arcade.
Goonellabah artist Tammy Allen's arresting installation work, entitled Facing Down The Wolf, stars a vivid red cloak reminiscent of that worn by Little Red Riding Hood in the famed Brothers Grimm tale.
Ms Allen said she was fascinated by the tale as a child and used it as a metaphor for facing her fears.
"In the process of creating the cloak and related pieces I have had to confront my fears and even consider my own mortality," she said.
A mother of two school-age children, Ms Allen suffers from a rare form of skin cancer which was diagnosed in 2011.
Since then she's had to undergo several operations which have both challenged the status quo in her life and put fire into her art practice.
The health problems have forced her to postpone the completion of a Diploma of Education and Visual Arts honours degree at Southern Cross University.
"The tears and rips in the hood represent the pretty arduous journey I've been on, undergoing various operations since my cancer was diagnosed in 2011," Tammy said. "Hoods have particular power and resonance in art and history - cowled or hooded figures are often presented as mysterious, with faces hidden from view.
"If I have one message to convey in terms of skin cancer, it is that no-one of any age is immune from the harmful effects of the sun, particularly here in the Northern Rivers. I'd urge the parents of young children to be sun-smart from literally birth onwards."
It will be the ninth exhibition at the purpose-built Window of Opportunity, a shop window rescued from drabness by business owner Susanna Carpi last year.
"I love being a faux gallery owner… It brings me into contact with some gorgeous people," Ms Carpi said.