I had the incredible opportunity to spend time at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School, where I (hopefully) left my imprint on their hearts and walls. I was invited by Sister Cecilia to create two bright and colourful murals on the outdated brick surfaces, leaving my mark that emphasised the spirit and faith of school. Additionally, I was deeply moved by an article, "Graffiti Artist Spray Paints Soul onto Sydney Schools", published on The Sydney Catholic Weekly that spoke beautifully (and unexpectedly) about myself and the impact on the students and their community.
Arriving at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Primary, I was greeted with open arms and a genuine enthusiasm for me to begin my work. I couldn’t tell who was more excited, the kids or adults. The first mural depicted a vibrant beach scene with island of Futuna in the far distance to resemble where St Peter Chanel resided. In the middle of this mural there are two basketball rings but you wouldn’t notice them if you weren’t looking for them.
The second mural was a celebration of the school's Catholic identity. With careful placement, I illustrated the devotion to Jesus and what it meant to be Catholic, and combining it with Australiana landscape. The mural adorned the words ‘Jesus I Trust In You’, the Sacred Heart and a larger than life rosary.
Throughout the process, I was delighted to witness the curiosity and excitement of the students. Their awe and wonder as they watched the murals come to life was truly gratifying. I had the opportunity to interact with the children, most recesses and lunch breaks playing DJ to the adoring crowd while atop my scissor lift playing Cupid by Fifty Fifty back-to-back-to-back.
My week at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Primary was truly a memorable experience. The opportunity to engage with the students and witness their enthusiasm was both humbling and inspiring. Moreover, the article on The Catholic Weekly served as a reminder of the profound impact that art can have on individuals and communities, fostering connection, and encouraging personal growth. I can’t wait to go back. We already found more walls before I left.
Thank you St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School.