Vali Myers by Mary Ellen Mark
link here to the story behind the photo as told to me by Vali

This morning I woke up from dreamworlds understanding that to honour our sadness, our shadow, our sorrow is just as important as celebrating the days of joy and bliss. So much of our pain comes from not acknowledging the depth of our spirit and all that we have walked to be here. By trying to escape the difficult parts of ourselves. You do not need to be anything more than you already are... in your sorrow is your beauty, in your laughter is your beauty. You Are.

This quote by Franz Kafka was beside the door of Vali Myers' dearly missed studio in Swanston Street Melbourne. it was a reminder to all on their way out of the studio going back into the world again. It is something that for me is tied so strongly with Vali's spirit and her wisdom.

"We are as forlorn as children lost in the woods. 

When you stand in front of me and look at me, what do you know of the griefs that are in me and what do I know of yours. 

And if I were to cast myself down before you and weep and tell you, what more would you know about me than you know about Hell when someone tells you it is hot and dreadful? 

For that reason alone we human beings ought to stand before one another as reverently, as reflectively, as lovingly, as we would before the entrance to Hell."

Letter to Oskar Pollak, November 8, 1903 (written at the age of 19)

Night Flower: The Life and Art of Vali Myers is launched in Sydney this Friday at Outre Gallery - I invite you all to come to know this most unique and inspiring artist and help us to celebrate her courageous, honest life.