21.4 C
Byron Shire
September 28, 2021

Cuddling for a cause: artist celebrates diversity with LGTBIQ portrait series

Latest News

Byron and Tweed lockdown to end at midnight!

The lockdowns in the Byron and Tweed local government areas will end at midnight tonight, with no further cases having been detected in either area.

Other News

Richmond Valley Council looks at thermal waste to energy

At last night’s Richmond Valley Council meeting, councillors looked at a recommendation that Council receives and notes the information on the next steps to seek Alternate Waste Treatment solutions for landfill and recyclable waste streams.

Nuclear-powered subs? Dr Caldicott speaks

‘America has 18 Trident submarines, powered by highly enriched Uranium 235, which can be used as fuel for nuclear weapons. Each sub carries 24 missiles, each one is armed with eight hydrogen bombs – 30 times the killing power of one Hiroshima bomb. That’s enough subs to produce nuclear winter and end life on Earth.’

Biggest corporate greenwashers revealed by Greenpeace

According to a new analysis by Greenpeace, most of Australia’s highest-emitting companies that have implemented net-zero emission commitments do not have any will to meet their target.

Electrici-wee? Getting energy from wastewater

Could we ever use urine to power batteries? An international team of chemists have come a step closer with a new catalyst for urea reactions.

Bioenergy facility

Council continued to downplay the noise from trucks associated with the proposed bioenergy plant in last week’s Echo. This is...

New venues of concern in Ballina

The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Paul Bibby

Everybody loves a cuddle, and in the case of local artist Kia Maddock that love has extended to drawing and painting them.

The Upper Main Arm artist was originally inspired by the campaign for same sex marriage,  producing a series of drawings depicting LGTBIQ couples cuddling each other surrounded by their favourite things.

The cuddle portraits took off, leading to a series of commissions from all kids of different families and couples from across the country.

Upper Main Arm artist Kia Maddock

These portraits now form a central part of Ms Maddock’s new website www.dearkia.com launched late last month.

‘I was feeling compelled to support the Yes campaign, so I just did what I know how, which is to draw a simple portrait of two people who love each other,’ she says.

‘It was a hit, and I was instantly asked to make another five for friends and family members… People just love them’.

Kia was also invited to submit artwork in the ‘Love is Love’ exhibition in Melbourne which is where she exhibited her original cuddle portrait ‘As Long As We’re Together’ featuring a gay couple holding each other.

‘I always love representing diversity in families,’ she says.

‘We live in such an image-heavy culture and I think it does us all good to see real people in real families who are diverse and interesting and lovely.’

For more information, visit Ms Maddock’s website or follow her on Instagram via @dear_kia.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

2 COMMENTS

  1. We love the enduring, thoughtful and beautiful works Kia has created for us as a family. Highly recommend DearKia. – F&S

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Murwillumbah TAFE offers new course to meet pharmacy skills shortage

Murwillumbah TAFE has introduced a new course to meet the growing demand for local pharmacy services brought about by COVID-19.

Ballina mayor hopeful loses bid for independent water science team a second time

Cr Cadwallader's second version of the motion came with an extra suggestion referring directly to the dumped option of a new hinterland dam in Dunoon.

Why Nuclear Will Bomb

Unless you’ve been blissfully slumbering in a very welcome coma, you’d be aware that Scott Morrison abruptly cancelled the terribly important contract we had with France, to build new submarines, in order to get fancy nuclear sink-boats from the US instead (in decades time and at incalculable cost, much like the previous contract). 

Forty per cent of Byron Shire residents yet to get first COVID 19 dose but mayor refuses to join vaccine campaign

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon is refusing to join other health, political and community leaders in calls for people to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.