by Edwina Wrobel


About the artwork

Edwina Wrobel's art dog

This is my painted Guide Dog to celebrate 60 years of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. I have called her Mil which is Wiradjuri for eye, in remembrance of my Grandmother who I never saw. She came from Wiradjuri country. I have left Mil’s beautiful old patina on her body untouched, attaching my found tin panels which I’ve painted on, to her base in respect of her past. What was her past? Did she sit patiently outside a supermarket, in a charity shop, a government building foyer? Always there, the loyal collector of coins. I make the connection between her and her real-life Guide Dog sisters and brothers who also commit to years of loyal service, helping humans with humble dignity and self-sacrifice. I talk with her in my studio and I ask her questions. When was she ‘born’, is she retired, where does she live now? Was her nose rubbed often? The paint has worn off. I guess I’m asking her to guide me with this painting. Then recently at a supermarket, I watch a woman donate her change to a mini Guide Dog statue on the counter.....and rub its nose! And right then I think, I got it right leaving you in your original condition. I hope I have honoured your quiet dignity, service, watchfulness and presence, Mil.