Artist : Yvonne Kiely
Sponsor: Connect Hearing Port Macquarie
Location: Connect Hearing Port Macquarie, 9 Lake Road, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Description / Inspiration
According to artist Yvonne Kiely:
Mandy is all about love and healing.
I have created large chalk mandalas on the Glasshouse forecourt for Port Macquarie’s annual community ArtWalk and felt inspired to design a Mandala Koala. Mandalas are sacred pieces of artwork used in Art Therapy to evoke healing. The word ‘Mandala’ means ‘sacred circle’ and is derived from the word ‘mandra’ which means ‘container of essence’.
The Flannel Flower, Australia’s symbol for Mental Health Awareness, is at the centre of the large mandala on Mandy’s back. The pattern evolved with eucalyptus leaves encased in gold, separated by containers and love hearts. Blue and white containers hold the seeds for planting koala trees. Green and gold containers hold brickwork and flowers, a combination of manmade and organic matter reminding us that the plight of our much loved koalas lies in our ability to balance their environment. The smaller mandala on her chest is a celebration of nature: seeds, flowers and leaves.
On her head, a bonnet of flannel flowers with mystical colours. Mandy wears her hearts on her sleeves in iridescent colours. Through the hearts in her ears she listens with love to secrets and stories whispered by children and adults. Her kind eyes see only with love all who come to visit. People of all ages love mandalas and I hope they will love Mandy too.
Resident in Port Macquarie, Yvonne Kiely is an artist from Ireland who has been aware of the profound benefit of the Arts in Health since early in her art career. Yvonne has a Diploma in Art Therapy and has been working as an Art Therapist in Aged Care since 2008. For many years now Yvonne has run short classes in TAFE as part of Leisure and Health and also loves working with children with disability and older adults.
Yvonne has created three Hello Koalas sculptures including 'Tully The Celtic Koala' at Hello Koalas Gallery and Gift Shop and 'Asha The Tree of Life Koala' which lives at Belle Property, 98 William Street, Port Macquarie.
Mandy The Mandala Koala is enjoying her new home at Connect Hearing Port Macquarie. As the artist Yvonne Kiely describes Mandy's design, "Through the hearts in her ears she listens with love to secrets and stories whispered by children and adults. Her kind eyes see only with love all who come to visit" so the selection of Mandy to make her home at Connect Hearing in Lake Road was very apt. Connect Hearing Port Macquarie is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and is close to the Munster Street roundabout and its well known shops such as Kenny Little's Fruit and Veg and two minutes away from Port Macquarie CBD. Hello Koalas Margret Meagher says, from first hand experience, "the staff at Connect Hearing in Port Macquarie are exceptionally friendly, helpful and skilled".