Art of epilepsy: East Victoria Park artist helping raise money for Epilepsy Action Australia


East Victoria Park artist Rozanna Johnson is helping to raise money for Epilepsy Action Australia. Picture: Jon Hewson d481491
East Victoria Park artist Rozanna Johnson is helping to raise money for Epilepsy Action Australia. Picture: Jon Hewson d481491

EAST Victoria Park resident Rozanna Johnson is joining artists from around Australia to raise money for epilepsy services.

Ms Johnson has created a piece for the online auction Art for Epilepsy, with money going to Epilepsy Action Australia.

The eye-catching works include purple as it is the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy awareness.

Ms Johnson said she was honoured to be approached to take part in the online auction for the first time.

“I was more than happy to be involved, growing up I knew a few people who were living with epilepsy,” she said.

“It was a cause of anxiety for them and by taking part in this, I know some people keep it to themselves and there is till a stigma attached to epilepsy.”

Ms Johnson said she was inspired by a YouTube thumbnail photo of permafrost for her artwork.

“The idea is nothing is permanent but I wanted it to be a symbol of hope,” she said.

“Purple isn’t my favourite colour but there’s nothing like a challenge to push myself.”

Epilepsy Action Australia chief executive Carol Ireland said there were 250,000 people living in Australia with epilepsy.

“Our mission is to enable people living with epilepsy to unlock their true potential, manage their condition more effectively, and to ultimately lead happier lives,” she said.

Epilepsy Action Australia is the largest provider of education and support services to children and adults with epilepsy across Australia.

People are able to pre-register on the site before bidding opens at 9am on May 1 and runs until 9pm on May 31.

Visit www.artforepilepsy.com.au to bid.

Ms Johnson also has a sculpture in fellow artist Olivia Colja’s exhibition Hybird Animals, which runs at the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts from April 13 to 26.

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