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Papadatos

Mira

AUSTRALIA

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“My art is influenced by the beauty and vibrations of each of the places I have lived.”

“Mira has lived many lives.” She was born among the Caucasus Mountains. There she led a life of innocent youth and adventure. In Russia she learnt through trials and tribulations the lessons of young love and family. In Lithuania, she learnt lessons through the collapse of the Soviet Union, single motherhood and surviving off the land while surrounded by beautiful lakes and forests.

When Passion meets Thunder..

In America, by the beach, she learnt what it means to start a new life with no support, and with little knowledge of the language. In Australia, there were more lessons of starting a new life, and letting go of an old one. During her journey, Mira learnt to understand and respect different cultures, people, and customs.

Dandelions

Acrylic

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We came to this World from the Earth.
We grow.
We bloom.
We fly away

Mira has experienced love and heart break, fear and excitement, hardship and success. She has experienced hopelessness and hope, connection and disconnect. She has experienced domestic violence, and now, what it means to have a home and family in which one feels safe and secure. Mira has lived through war, but she has also lived through some moments of bliss. Some lessons are easier to come to terms with and accept than others, but she never gave up.

“Through working with paint, I was able to heal some wounds that go all the way down to the soul.”

Sometimes her art is influenced by the happy, peaceful moments as seen in the paintings, and sometimes her art is influenced by the deep complexities of the inner psyche and hurt. Mira has always found a way to surround herself with art. In her youth, she would use charcoal and pencil to express herself, as she matured, she would write poetry and played the piano. She surrounded herself with musicians, artists and creative types.

“My soul had love, the smell of forests on sunny days, and laughter that needed to be expressed, and so I started painting all over again.”

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Mira designed clothes, made dolls, and created intricate floral arrangements. Interestingly, Mira always stayed away from paint – that is until she experienced a serious health diagnosis. There were so many pent-up emotions, fears and worries. She felt alone and felt like she would burden her daughter or friends if she let them see her inner state. This was the catalyst for Mira. One day, her friend came over with some paint and canvas, and told Mira to just offload what she felt onto the canvas. What came out was an awful grey/brown mess, but it felt so good to transplant what she was feeling internally to the external, without words, explanations, or logic.