Avril's feelings for Dan are confusing. Hardened by institutional life, Avril Maguire sees Dan as someone she can use and manipulate.
She has no concept of consequences and has difficulty adjusting to the psychological abuses by the staff.
Their friendship develops amongst the chaos of her mind, and her past. She inhabits two worlds. One of the sun's rays, where she is burdened by her disability, and that of the moon's beams, where she is tucked up tight in bed, free to explore her dreams. It's through these worlds that Avril discovers a sense of identity and belonging. Avril meets things head-on without discourse; emotionally challenged and unpredictable, yet endearing.
Born in Melbourne, 1949, completing formal studies, Bachelor of Fine Arts, at the University of Ballarat. Geoff Pola's interests in psychiatric art led to a chance meeting with Dr Cunningham Dax in 1997, where he was cataloging the collection of psychiatric art from Aradale Mental Hospital, formally known as Ararat Lunatic Asylum. This was the turning point in his career.
Geoff had the privilege of working with people in the disability industry who have fragile and broken minds, plus challenging and complex behaviours. It was here he met some interesting characters and some beautiful minds, filled with dreams and aspirations. He finds it humbling to hold the memories of such souls; they will be always cherished and valued.