My daughter and I are creating an illustrated book in
honour of my late husband Hunia, who we recently lost to suicide.
The book is based on a letter we found soon after, where Hunia
thanks me for my support throughout his ongoing depression. Our
goal is to create a small but beautiful batch of these illustrated
books, reflecting our Hunia's incredible artistic ability. Some of
the proceeds from the resulting books will be donated to Life
Matters Suicide Prevention.
The characters in the book will be based on
My ART Nesting Shapes.
What started as a hobby to entice myself back into
the process of painting suddenly has become an ongoing passion, us
creative types love to obsess about all things creative. These ART
Nesting shapes/Russian Dolls/domestic ornaments/objects to be
displayed, can be arranged and looked at by all. These arrangements
have allowed me the freedom to explore, appropriate and then
re-translate imagery that hovers somewhere between an objective
rendering of an image and yet a personal statement at the same
time. The resting place/viewing space of these artistic shapes is
dependent on it's owner - where they choose to put them in their
Be it domestic, living, private, working spaces, they
can sit anywhere and can reflect the owner's perception and
relationship with Art. That is what I find satisfying! For myself
as the artist they are small, intimate, precious and I hope they
become the same for those I paint them for.
Here's Hunia's letter:
I MISSED YOU TODAY.
SO I WROTE YOU SOME THOUGHTS.
WE'VE BEEN THROUGH TOUGH TIMES,
BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT I THINK ABOUT RIGHT NOW.
I THINK ABOUT YOU AND ALL THE THINGS YOU HAVE TAUGHT
ME AND BROUGHT ME.
YOU TAUGHT ME THAT LOVE DOESN'T HAVE TO COME WITH A
YOU SHOW ME DAILY THAT LIFE SHOULD BE CAPTURED AND
THAT A CHILD'S LIFE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN CHILDHOOD
ALWAYS YOU GENTLY REMIND ME OF THE LIFE AND THE MAN I
CAN BE, BEYOND MY MISCONCEPTIONS.
FUN IS A NECESSITY AND NOT A CHOICE TO BE
A SENSE OF HUMOUR COVERS A MULTITUDE OF THINGS.
LIFE OR OURSELVES SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN TOO
ALWAYS THERE IS A SENSE OF HOPE AND FUTURE IN YOUR
EVEN IN THE STORMS YOU ALWAYS SHOW YOUR INNER
STRENGTH AND POISE.
THROUGH ALL OF THIS, YOUR BEAUTY IS REAL AND
THE EPITOME OF INNOCENCE AND BALANCE.
PERFECT GRACE AND PERFECT BALANCE.
ALWAYS THIS IS YOU.
YOU ALWAYS REMIND ME THAT LIFE IS WORTH ENJOYING AND
NOT JUST TO BE TOLERATED. EVERYONE DESERVES HIS OR HER CHANCE AND
YOU REASSURE EVERYONE OF THIS THROUGH THE LIGHT THAT SHINES THROUGH
I LOVE YOU.
AND THOUGH I MAY NOT SAY IT MUCH,
THERE ARE COUNTLESS THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR IN
By Hunia Dean
It is a very personal journey, but one we
would like to share with you all, and is a beautiful insight into
the appreciation and thanks shown by a person struggling with
mental health to those who support them.
me on Instagram
Variety of illustrations for our book.
2 DAYS AGO
World Suicide Prevention Day - 685 candles alive for the evening.
6 DAYS AGO
Introducing the late Hunia Dean with a large portrait he painted of our daughter.
1 WEEK AGO