Healing through her art

04:56, Sep 19 2014
Melly Trochez
SUPPORTIVE: Artist Melly Trochez paints a mural in the stairwell at the Grosvenor Hotel. Below her is the painting she has donated for the South Canterbury Women’s Refuge to auction.

An artist has flown in from Los Angeles to support South Canterbury Women's Refuge.

Melly Trochez, 35, came to Timaru at the invitation of the Grosvenor Hotel's Ping Lim to paint a mural at the hotel and also bring a selection of prints to be auctioned off at the Women's Refuge 30th Anniversary on Friday night.

Heather Henare, the Women's Refuge National Collective chief executive, will be in town for the anniversary at the Landing Services Building.

Refuge manager Dawn Rangi-Smith said the evening would be to thank all the organisations in the community that had supported them and the number of artists who had offered art to be auctioned off on the evening.

Trochez had also brought work from fellow LA artist Leo Equiarte. She arrived last Wednesday and started the mural.

"It will take a couple of days. Ping invited me after seeing my work online and told me about the anniversary [the refuge]."

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Trochez studied at California State University Fullerton and did her master's in art therapy at Loyola Marymount University.

"I do believe in the healing power of art," she said.

"I saw the potential in how it has helped me and would like others to experience the healing properties."

Her mural is inspired by a Nina Simone song.

"It's about four women who are stereotyped and put into roles and having the same issues, from sexism, racism and being stigmatised."

As a Latina she said she related to suffering racism.

The Timaru Herald