Allyson Hamblett interviews fellow artist, Halina Janiszewska
Halina Janiszewska has been coming to Māpura Studios since leaving Waitakere College 6 years ago. Halina has cerebral palsy. She loves creating abstract paintings, which come from her mind, and has an innate love of beauty and colour. Halina also gains inspiration from watching the development of the other artists in her class and from the encouragement from Māpura art tutors. Halina attends Open Studio Three, on Thursday afternoons.
In the Open Studios, art tutors / therapists encourage artists to be self-directed, to explore content of personal interest and significance, and to develop their own unique style. Artists are given guidance in the use of media and techniques. They are encouraged to try out new and different ideas and mediums, and where appropriate, are introduced to professional artist-models as points of reference. Artists are encouraged to express the things they feel and think - and to tell their personal narratives through the language of visual imagery. The facilitation is person-centred and accommodates each artist’s unique experience and perception.
Halina has always been creative. She’s enjoyed drawing since childhood, but does most of her art work at Māpura Studios. When Halina is not at Māpura, she attends Elevate, which is a Christian organisation for people with disabilities.
Halina loves socialising and meeting other people at Māpura Studios. She also loves self advocating, as well as learning new skills and technique to use in her art making. Since attending Mapura, Halina has gained confidence and now makes her own decisions in life and in her art.
Halina loves showing finished art works to people, and loves seeing her work exhibited through Māpura Studios exhibition programme. She received a letter from someone who purchased her work, which was very encouraging.
Halina looks forward tocreating more masterpieces to share with people.
“Māpura Studios is a lovely safe place for developing art skills, and growing as a person” says Halina.