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Do You Remember?

Do You Remember?

I’m thrilled to share this collaborative piece with you – a work of art with Garth Ernstzen. The presence of art, beauty and movement breathes life into the world. May this art find wings and visit you wherever you are, leaving you moved and perhaps a little more alive. If you have words for what you experience, I would love to hear them.

Featuring & Choreography – Danica Lani
Hair & Makeup – Katrina Villegas
Creative Direction, Direction & Editing – Garth Ernstzen, Garth Ernstzen Photography and Media

Song credit – Jarryd James – Do You Remember

Love Danica


What I like about my life: My Hairstylist

What I like about my life: My Hairstylist

Rocco D’Amore has been my hairstylist for many years now. What is it about finding a great hairdresser that makes it feel like cheating if you went and saw someone else unannounced? I’ve remained loyal because I trust her and when it comes to my hair, I confess I’m a princess. I seriously thought I was born with long hair – those of you who went to high school with me will remember long, long hair. My older cousins all wanted to brush my hair and told me over and over how beautiful it was. Girls at school would also tell me how beautiful my hair was but by that stage, it was said in a way that communicated – why can’t I be beautiful like you? It used to make me want to curl up and die inside. I couldn’t bear the thought that someone else was convinced they couldn’t be beautiful, but I could. So at 17, I stopped brushing my hair. Then I stopped washing it. Eventually I figured dreadlocks were the go – I shouldn’t have to do much and it would definitely stop that kind of jealous attention from other girls. Boy, was I wrong… most definitely the most high maintenance hairstyle I’ve ever had. It did stop that kind of attention from girls. 🙂

Only recently did I transform my resistance to that communication – why can’t I be beautiful like you? It had been a barrier to me fully owning my beauty and the contribution that is.

So what I like about my life is that even though we moved to Sydney a year and a half ago, Rocco still cuts my hair. I mean how great is my life that my hairstylist flies up every 6-8 weeks from Melbourne and cuts our hair at home? That’s one thing I like about my life for sure.

What do you like about your life?

Rocco D’Amore Hair on Friday, August 14, 2015

Females working as male models

Females working as male models

I never told anybody, but I wanted to be a model when I was 14. Here’s the photo I would have sent into Dolly magazine but I was stopped by my fear of what others would think. On my own, I didn’t get brave enough to send it in.

I love doing photo shoots. I had a break up with the camera for a long time in my early twenties – I couldn’t even be with a lens being pointed at me. The most empowering thing was to get behind the camera and learn to use it. My girlfriend had a great SLR camera and taught me the basics. I later moved on to disposable cameras and took a series of self-portraits while travelling around Australia.

Last year when I was in Thailand, I met a beautiful dark skinned man in his mid-60s from the US. He stopped mid track in the café I was sitting in and looked quizzically at me. “What are you?” he said, not unkindly. He was warm and curious. He said, “I can’t quite tell – in one moment you are beautiful and then in the next moment, you’re extremely handsome… Are you androgynous?”

I’d never really thought about it before. But I like it.

I just discovered there are females who do male modelling –

Casey Ledger the first woman to sign for an exclusively male modelling contract and Elliot Sailors who gets mistaken for a gay male couple when walking down the street with her husband…

Elliot Sailors and Adam Santos-Coy

These pioneering women are inspiring the bezeejus out of me!

Casey Legler










Photo sources:

Archibald 2015

Archibald 2015

What is it about being in the presence of art? That visual language. What is it about being in front of a painting and noticing my body sensations, the emotions and responses, the goings on where I am? I am naïve in the world of ‘Art’ and Visual arts, and yet as a witness, as a human being, I find myself touched, moved and inspired in the presence of art that I love.

Standing in front of Julian Meagher’s Daniel Johns, the colours start to wash through my body as I take in the strokes, the movement and the watery mood in front of me. The sensations in my body tingle and I feel expansive. And then at some point, I am moved. I feel a stirring in my chest and a welling up in my eyes. I am moved by art. I am moved by the presence of the artist and the subject together. The synergy of creation. Something exists, something is expressed that was not expressed before this work came alive. Not in this unique way, not with all of these flavours and colourings.

I notice that I didn’t experience these sensations when I saw a photograph of this work. It is the live experience of standing in front of the work and being with it that allowed for being moved. What is it about the visual domain that expresses something that cannot be articulated in words and recreates it for the person standing there? Perhaps that expression could be a realm for ongoing growth and development…