Amputee's 'spare part' inspires a new outlook on art
WHEN Priscilla Sutton had her leg amputated she didn't just loose a limb. he also gained a whole new outlook on life.
The business development officer at Toowomba's Cobb and Co Museum was born with a bone condition that made walking painful and orthopaedic black boots mandatory.
So eight years ago, Ms Sutton made the informed decision to undergo an operation to remove her troublesome leg.
These days she is full of "amputee pride", relatively pain free and has curated three art exhibitions featuring prothetic limbs.
One of the really nice things about Spare Parts has been to give back to the families; for them to know that a part of their loved-one lives on in the exhibition
The latest exhibition at the Powerhouse in Brisbane is a sell-out, however remains open to the public until September 15.
Spare Parts 2013 features the work of 10 artists who have used the limbs as their canvas.
Ms Sutton took the usual concept to London for the Paralympics in 2012.
Over 100 prothetic limbs have been turned into works of art and sold off to raise funds for CopeLaos.org
"When someone dies quite often the family doesn't know what to do with their prosthetics," she said.
"One of the really nice things about Spare Parts has been to give back to the families; for them to know that a part of their loved-one lives on in the exhibition."
Ms Sutton next idea is to put together an art exhibition using prothetic eyes called Eye Spy and to exhibit some of the Spare Parts works in Toowoomba.
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