© 2023 by MICHELLE PERRY. 

Jane Valentine

'Unrequited' is the work of the appropriately named Sydney artist Jane Valentine, who created it last year in response to her own journey through loss and grief.

"Our lives revolve around finding love and trying to keep it. I don't think there's a lot of homage to love that has left us," Valentine says before tomorrow night's official opening. "It's an incredibly important part of life. You can't escape it or control it ... I think it's very important to be able to discuss it and express it.".......

About 160cm long and weighing about 90kg, Unrequited depicts a wing separated from an angel. Lying beside it is a quiver containing the fallen angel's arrow.

Valentine says she will find it hard to part with a work carved from such a deeply personal place.

But she says she's "exhausted" and "relieved" to come to the end of a journey she needed to go on and is pleased with the outcome.

"I think I have achieved what I wanted to achieve, which is not always the case. It's something that I'm really proud of. It's a very dramatic piece, but it was a very dramatic situation."

                                              Sally Bennett

                                              Herald Sun, 2016