Artist’s life turns from black and white to colour

Reg Carnamah and one of his Stations of the Cross paintings (The eRecord)

Perth Archdiocese’s Aboriginal Catholic Ministry pastoral worker Reg Carnamah completed a special task during last year’s COVID-19 lockdown – painting the Stations of the Cross. Source: The eRecord.

Mr Carnamah has provided pastoral care support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for the past 12 years and he also serves as an acolyte.

Last year, he was given the task to paint the Stations of the Cross. It was a personal challenge, requiring him to use his skills as an artist to interpret and paint the 14 stations with an added touch of his own story and the journey of his struggles with addiction.

A Badimia Yamatji man of the Murchison Region, Mr Carnamah took to the task to apply his skills, personal story, and struggles to paint the Stations of the Cross during coronavirus-led restrictions period – the results were not only 14 paintings, but also acceptance of his past and reconciliation with his mother.

“When I paint, I wonder how other artists mix their colours. For me, when I paint, I dip my fingers into my heart so that the colours would come from my heart onto the canvas,” Mr Carnamah said.

“My life was just black and white especially when I was going through crap and I couldn’t see myself coming out of it for a long time. I experienced this and once I come out of the crap the moods changed. The colours in my life changed. This is like my paintings.”

Mr Carnamah discusses painting the Stations of the Cross with journalist Matthew Lau in a new podcast, available on the eRecord website.


PODCAST: Reg Carnamah on relating his life to painting the Stations of the Cross (The eRecord)

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