Indigenous artist paints the 'story of young people'

Christ our Joy by Amunda Gorey (ACBC)

The official image for the Church's Year of Youth was unveiled by the ACBC's Office for Youth at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival yesterday.

The Year of Youth was launched in local communities around Australia last Sunday, the first day of Advent, and the national launch is taking place at the festival, which is on in Sydney until tomorrow.

The image is titled Christ our Joy and was painted by Indigenous artist Amunda Gorey in Alice Springs. It will be central to the celebration and prayerful discernment of the Church during this year.

“The image tells the story of young people in the current landscape of our Australian Church as they journey toward Christ. It is a story of rich diversity and great joy,” said Malcolm Hart, Director of the ACBC’s Office for Youth.

Ms Gorey was identified by the Australian Catholic Youth Council for her use of vibrant colour which depicts youthfulness and the joy that is central to the spiritual focus of the Year of Youth. Her previous work has also shown a depth of spirituality that is authentic to our Australian tradition.

Christ our Joy is rich in symbolism, tradition and meaning. It depicts the diversity of young people through the use of varied colour, shaped and sized dots. Some are gathered in communities, others more isolated. Some are closer to God or the cross, others further away.

The central figures are Jesus and Mary against a cross. They point to the Resurrection as the source of our Joy. Jesus extends a hand toward his mother Mary, and with her to the Church; with his other hand he points them all to his father, God.

“Everyone will see, feel and sense the painting differently. Each is valued as our stories and experiences are different,” Ms Gorey said.

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‘Christ our Joy’ Year of Youth image unveiled (ACBC Office for Youth)

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