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Lukas “Big Dipper” Di Pietrantonio

Levitation: My Path to Light
9 November - 16 December 2022
  • Artist Statement

    Levitation: My Path to Light is my reflection of being in lockdown during Covid-19 and feeling miserable, depressed, trapped, and a prisoner in my own home. It was a dark time for me, like a bad dream. I had trouble sleeping and nightmares about being trapped.

    However, when I was creating art, I felt free. Art gives me a feeling of relief, and transports me to other places.

    Levitation for me is like a meditation where I let go of the tight hold I have of these images and then let them go and float up, levitating in their own freedom, and in my freedom as a result of my art. It’s about letting them have their own freedom now that I’ve created them. - Lukas “Big Dipper” Di Pietrantonio

This exhibition is supported by:

Lukas Di Pietrantonio, Open Water Window, 2022, acrylic on board, 20.3 x 25.5cm

‍Artwork: Lisa Waup, oneness (detail), 2022

This exhibition is supported by:


  • 5 October 2022 – 6 April 2023

    Weniki Hensch • Ebony Hickey • Peter Waples-Crowe • Lisa Waup 

    The Dax Centre is committed to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health issues and psychological trauma through art. Supported by the City of Melbourne, The Dax Centre proudly presents Adopted, an exhibition traversing the lived experience of adoption by artists Weniki Hensch, Ebony Hickey, Peter Waples-Crowe, and Lisa Waup 

    These creative projects, based on autoethnography, delve into the makers' personal journey of meaning-making from the complexity of their lived experience. The discourse of adoption has historically been framed from the adopter’s perspective. This exhibition gives voice to the adoptee and their evolution. The result is a series of unique narratives that confront issues of social and emotional well-being, marginalisation, identity, belonging, and crossing cultural boundaries.

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"Your installation gave me a lot to think about, especially in relation to mental health and stigma. It is inspiring to see how you shine light on, and continue these important conversations."

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Kenneth Myer Building
University of Melbourne
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Closed: 1& 2 December 2022

Closed over holiday break: 19 Dec 2022 - 1 Feb 2023

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