About Mourning Bright
Born in London of Viking and Celtic parents Mourning Bright took dark delight in the morbidly fascinating from her first breath.
Moving through the alternative subcultures, the new romantics, the leather clad punks, and what was to eventually become the underground goth scene in her new adopted home of Melbourne Australia, Mourning was never so at home as when immersed in the works of Poe or Goya, Siouxie or the Sisters.
In her final year of a teaching degree in Fine Art and Visual Communication, Mourning chose to do her three month placement in Numurkah, rural Victoria. Why? Because it supported the largest colony of fruit bats to be found in the Southern Hemisphere. Sitting under towering gums along the river bank watching the skies shimmer black as the bats burst forth into the night was exhilarating.
In deep drought at the time the ground was littered with the skeletal remains of native and farm animals both. Mourning would take a goat skull to class to use it as a sketching subject for her bemused students
But for Mourning the phrase 'those who can, do' meant exploring her own design, expression and art.
Twenty years working in the events industry Mourning designed some incredible events - and not all of them horror themed. She has spent time writing and presenting cemetery tours in both St Kilda and Walhalla cemeteries.
In 2008 inspired by the work of New York based artist Ian White Maher, Mourning returned to her artistic roots and began processing animals she found dead at the side of the road for their skeletal remains.
Reimagining and reinterpreting the beauty of nature Mourning Bright creates mythical creatures, back lit fantasies and an array of highly personal momento mori, as she says "creating beauty from death and art from tragedy."