Artworks are first available for purchase by sponsors and dignitaries before being available in person at the Exhibition in Brisbane. Unsold artworks can also be purchased online following the event.
"In 2019, I had four sessions of Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT). Amongst other abuses, the doctors cut my waist-length hair without consent. Because I had to see this haircut every day, I was constantly reminded of the torture I was subjected to and on many occasions wanted to take my own life.
Living with mental illness has made me extremely vulnerable. I hope through art and by talking about my experiences, nobody will ever go through what I did. Defeat abuse!"
The transformation that has occurred in Ezekiel Love is almost indescribable.
Having experienced extreme highs and lows for many years - including anxiety, anorexia, morbid obesity, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder - Ezekiel had no idea how to climb out the deep hole that had engulfed her life. When her support worker suggested applying for the Recovered Futures Art Exhibition, she was hesitant about being vulnerable in such a public setting.
Her decision to give it a go became the turning point of her life.
Ezekiel sold her artwork and began to believe in her value as an artist and a person. Nowadays, she’s painting regularly, exploring art galleries and seeing a future that previously seemed forever out of reach.