Inner monsters on exhibition

Published on 14 November 2019

Vibrant drawings of monsters, inspired by an artist’s feelings of anxiety and elation, went on display at CS Gallery in Caroline Springs this week.

Titled Minding Monsters, the exhibition’s playful and sometimes dark works form a visual diary of the artist’s own moods and emotional transformation.

Caroline Springs artist Audrey Buttigieg Cardona, also a visual arts teacher at Christ the Priest Primary School and a member of the Artists’ Collective of Melton Inc., created the works to find a state of mindfulness and peace and to share that with her audience.

Mayor Cr Lara Carli said the exhibition would be a fun way for people to view their own emotions.

“Minding Monsters gives life to the feelings and moods everyone experiences – whether it’s stress, joy, or something in between – and this exhibition will be a fun way to explore them,” Cr Carli said.

“This is bright, quirky and meaningful art that people of all ages can engage with.

“The arts have a strong role to play in building positive mental health and I hope Cardona’s work will help open up some important conversations in our community.”

As part of the exhibition, Cardona will host events to encourage people to get creative and doodle their own inner monsters. She will guide adults to reflect on their internal world and connect with their inner child, and host a mindful drawing workshop following a mindfulness practice with a guru. Drawing sessions will also be on for toddlers to create cartoon monsters with their parents and carers.

Minding Monsters will be on exhibition at CS Gallery until Sunday 1 December.