Lani is based in Brisbane, Australia and her art focusses on storytelling, promoting awareness around mental health, and using art to healthily communicate emotions and thoughts- both serious and whimsical.
Lani has travelled Australia writing and delivering workshops and speaking about art and mental health in various states since 2013. To bring evidence into her arts practice, Lani has a Bachelor of Social Science (human services/human behaviour) and a Master of Mental Health (art therapy).
Lani's art practice can be summed up by the following beliefs:
Art does not have to be about skill but instead the experience and process of creating (which can totally transcend regular day-to-day living, and also help to make sense of it)
Art should be available to everyone, not just those who have studied it or understand it technically…art is not reserved for technically ‘good’ artists
Art serves a purpose; to bring peace, calm and understanding to what can at times be a tumultuous life. Art tells stories, it allows for interesting communication, it connects us not only to our own story but to something bigger than ourselves.
Lani runs group workshops in various community settings including schools, teaching her brand of surrealism and encouraging people to approach making marks on a page in a new way.
Lani also works as an art therapist at Gateway Counselling and Wholeness Centre, and you can book in for an art therapy session by calling 07 3291 5963 or visiting the Gateway Counselling website for more info: https://gatewaybaptist.com.au/care/counselling-centre/