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Passion and the Arts

Art in its perfection is not ostentatious; it lies hid, and works its effect, itself unseen.-Joshua Reynolds 1774

From the moment that my prep teacher gave me some crayons and butcher paper at the age of five, without a word of English to be able to communicate to her and say 'thank you' I immediately gained an understanding of the universal language of art.

I found freedom. Whereas before I was constrained in being able to express myself I now had the tools to tell, what seemed to me to be the world, what I was seeing, feeling, noticing and appreciating. I was given wings in the true sense of the word. I began to fly and from that moment onwards I never stopped.

Creating all forms of art for me is how I function, mentally and physically; it is my way to express myself in all aspects of life. Thus at five years of age my passion for the Arts was formed and has stayed with me ever since.

It makes sense to note that when Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding in favour of the war effort, he simply replied, 'Then what are we fighting for?" Fighting for the arts and its merits is what I do on a daily basis for a society cannot exist without it, embellishing its every facet and factor, moving closely alongside science, philosophy and technology to make the world a better place.

Historically the arts have been at the centre of all major civilisations of the world and Australia should not be any different, looking at the Aboriginal contributions to the Arts and meshing this with Contemporary artistic thought will elevate Australian sensibility holistically and spiritually and bind a community that may at times feel isolated from the rest of the world. I see the importance everywhere and for that I will continue to support artists, filmmakers, and writers in any way that I can. If it is simply to view their works then that's what I do. Life as an artist is not easy, yet life without the arts cannot function so how does something of so much importance make it so hard for those that are working at it daily? This really doesn't make sense.

In the next day or so I will be launching the Pozible campaign for 25.12; a new short film that I have been working on which has excited me no end up to this point. The gist of the story-one man who finds himself all alone on Christmas day. One thing is certain though, my passion is ignited yet once again as I find myself embroiled in the act of creating.

As Mandela said... "There is no passion to be found playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela  

Stella Dimadis 2014


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