Permanent Impressions is a body of high quality works (portraits) painted by artist Jana Vodesil-Baruffi, celebrating the achievements of Western Australian women, who have made a significant contribution to the Western Australian community and the Australian nation at large. It is intended the portraits will become a collectible and notable item that in time adds to the history of WA. The commencement of this project coincided with the 100 year celebrations (1911 to 2011) of the international women’s movement. 50 portraits were painted over an 18 month period and were completed in April 2013. Women invited to participate in this project are inductees from the WA Women’s Hall of Fame established as part of the 100 year celebrations of International Women’s Day. Included also are a number of women promoted by the Hall of Fame inductees who in their opinion are uncelebrated heroes of the WA community. The story of each of these women accompanies their portrait and offers an inspirational account of achievements by women who in their ordinary lives achieve extra ordinary things.
Professor Lyn Beazley, the chief scientist of Western Australia, has described Permanent Impressions as a “… series of portraits representing women who have in their lives achieved beyond the ordinary and become role models for all ages. The project recognizes that passion, perseverance and often struggle can result in great achievement. “
An opening exhibition was held in July 2013 in Perth, after which the exhibition toured over a period of nine month around regional WA commencing in Broome and finishing in Mandurah in March 2014.
The project is beautifully captured in the book ‘PERMANENT IMPRESSIONS: A salute to contemporary heroines’, written by Carmen Jenner and published by Carina Hoang Communications.
We are proud to report that the book won the Bronze medal in the Best Regional Non-fiction category for the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards in New York. This award is a world-wide contest which received over 5,500 entries from US, Canada and 23 other countries around the globe. The ceremony was held on 28th May 2014 in New York City.
The Permanent Impressions project salute to 50 remarkable contemporary West Australian women was proudly supported by The Australian Cultural Fund.
Your assistance and support through donations to The Leukemia Faundation is greatly appreciated.
The paintings are finished but the journey of this project continues.
The achievements of these Western Australian women continues to provide inspiration to current and future generations. The comments of the public visiting the exhibitions were overwhelmingly positive and the frequently ask question was “Will the portraits be displayed permanently in a public space?” It is our intention to find this special place where everyone can come and learn from these iconic women. We welcome any suggestions and help in this regard.
Jana is happy to make the portraits available to any suitable organization for temporally or permanent display.
Below is one of the many comments we received during the exhibitions:
“It was good to meet you and realise what a privilege this whole project has been for us all. My goddaughter went round and read all the inscriptions as well as looking at the portraits and was moved to comment on the diversity of the subjects – well known and the very quiet achievers. I feel that these portraits deserve to be hung permanently in a special place. Will this happen?”- Dr. Margaret Smith
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