Religious artwork by the late Melbourne Catholic artist and sculptor Leopoldine "Poldi" Mimovich has been reproduced on two Christmas stamps. Source: The Good Oil.
Both designs combine traditional iconography with native fauna and flora.
Mimovich was born in 1920 in Neumarkt in the Italian Tyrol. In 1949, she and her husband, Ljubisa Mimovich, joined the tide of European immigrants who sought a new life in Australia in the post-war years.
Her work is found in parks, homes, churches, schools and convents throughout Australia. She has a strong connection to the Good Samaritan Sisters through her friendship with the Sisters, who have collected her works over many years.
Sr Jill O’Brien SGS is a member of the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Council. Writing for the Australian Catholic Liturgical Art website. She said Mimovich had established her place as an accomplished sculptor whose work reflected her Austrian origins and Catholic background. Sr Jill believes Mimovich’s images played a part in helping Australian Christians to transition from Pellegrini plaster statues to commissioned religious images.
Mimovich received numerous awards, including the Order of Australia Medal for services to sculpture. She died on Christmas Day in 2019.