Collages that celebrate her father’s life

2010-06-10 00:00

AN artist has turned personal grief ­into collages that offer hope and aim to highlight the work of a children’s project in Lidgetton.

Elizabeth Torr lost her father, Bruce Leyland Torr, in a hijacking when she was 11 years old. She coped with her grief for many years, but while at university the memories of her father overwhelmed her.

She remembered how he would sit with her in the lounge at night, drawing and doodling, often throwing his head back and laughing at the images they both made on paper.

To deal with her grief, Torr began looking through her father’s cartoons and other artistic works “to remember the good times” and was inspired to use these cartoons and doodles to create 20 new works of art.

Torr says her collage art tells a story, depicts her sorrow and celebrates her father’s life. It has also enabled her to understand and cope with her grief.

Torr’s work will be on show at an exhibition titled The Next Room at Il Postino Café and Pizzeria in the Dargle from June 12 to July 3. And, by showing the collages, the artist hopes both to celebrate her father’s life and highlight the work of Bridges of Hope, a faith-based community-development project in Lidgetton.

Project manager Sharon Aurets said that the aim of Bridges of Hope is to provide crisis care, training in health, craft skills, parenting and foster-parenting skills, home-based care and protection for vulnerable children.

The organisation helps about 500 people with food, operates a soup kitchen on Saturday afternoons, and assists Simcelisile Educare Centre to provide early childhood education for 60 children. It also recently secured a property in the village and plans to build a drop-in centre for vulnerable children infected and affected by HIV and Aids.

• Elizabeth Torr’s exhibition The Next Room, can be viewed from June 12 to July 3 from 11 am until late, Wednesdays to Sundays. For more information, phone 033 234 4809.

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