Deer Park Library Community Mural
Katira & VUSC Students
Recently Deer Park community has been deeply affected by the unfortunate death of Solomone Taufeulungaki- who was also a student at the secondary school. Following this event young people’s sense of belonging to this specific local area has been fractured and are going through a healing process.
The library hopes this significant rupture between the library space and young people affected by the death, can be reclaimed and reconciled. By co-creating the mural, young people are being given an amplified voice, the opportunity to reclaim this space through creativity, have a positive impact on their community and deliver a public artwork that invites other young people to reconnect with the library and their locality.
Katherine facilitated a series of creative workshops with a group of 5 students (representing their community) as a form of consult. Workshops consists of a series of exercises that allow participants to explore their individual voice and ideas,followed by sharing exercises where participants negotiate their ideas to find a collective voice. By the end of the workshop they had one statement and a clear vision of the visual narrative of the mural.
Taking into account all the symbols and concepts identified through the workshops, the artist developed a concept design for the mural that was painted together with the students.
Students Final Statement:
‘We want to decrease the distance and bring back the spread of positivity. A painting to reunite our community, and encourage us to continue to grow as a family that welcomes different cultures. Creating togetherness by inviting light and hope. And ultimately, inspiring the public to get lost in their imagination by reading books.’- Collective voice from students.
Student names: Thu Nguyen, Talia Huynh, Kamila Nasyrebova, Rebecca Mastaky, Bilal Qalib.