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Repairing the Future

by Erica Lyn Schmidt

This piece is my response to the devastating wildfires in Australia. The koala is a symbol for empathy, and their future may depend on our own caring intervention.

Like in the Japanese art of Kintsugi, these koalas are made more beautiful with ornamental repair. The burns on the mother have been mended, and their future has been made whole with her golden joey. This is an optimistic view of tomorrow but I believe it is possible thanks to the efforts I’ve seen around the world.

All proceeds from this sale will be donated to The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. This organization treats injured koalas, protects their habitat, promotes breeding programs, and fosters education.

Prints of this piece are available here as an extension of this fundraiser. I want to thank Every Day Original for accommodating this special sale.




Panel Width: 6 inches
Panel Height: 8 inches
Media: Acrylics over Polymer Clay on Wood Panel
Ready to Hang: Yes

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I am a sculptor and painter living in Wisconsin, USA. My primary media includes polymer clay, acrylic, and oil paint.

I love the feeling of creating new characters that didn’t exist before, like making new friends out of thin air. I’m literally creating my own joy out of a lump of clay and some paint. Sometimes I get lucky and a project takes on a life of its own…when this happens it really does feel like there’s magic in the room.

My past clients have included Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, Royal Tyrrell Museum (Alberta, Cananda), Burpee Museum of Natural History (Rockford, IL), private scientists and collectors. I'm currently on the roster of the online gallery Every Day Original, and can be found in several volumes of the Infected by Art publication.

Website: www.ericalynschmidt.com