How does your past affect your future
When she was living in France as a child she missed attending Auschwitz concentration camp by one day. She said, “It was great luck”. Mirka’s father worked in the resistance in Paris during the war and somehow managed to pull Mirka and her mother out of the camp after 3 weeks. Mirka has most definitely overcome her past injustices and is now extremely happy living in her studio in the city of Melbourne.

Why did Mirka decide to come to Australia?
When Mirka was 16 years old her father pulled her aside and said to her, “Madeline you can read all those books on that shelf, but there is one book in particular I'd rather you didn’t read.” Of course she read that book, and that book was called 'La Bohème' by Henri Murger. The book was about a French man who always went to Melbourne, and she was very intrigued by that. When the war ended Mirka convinced her husband, Georges Mora, to leave France because she was afaid there would be another war. She remembered the book about the French man, on many occasions, always travelling Melbourne and she said to her husband, “I want to go to Melbourne”, and so they did.

What inspires Mirka’s drawings?
She is very interested in sexuality and symbols, this inspires her. Some symbols she paints include angels and serpents. The serpent represents sexuality and the angel represents love, through her eyes. The majority of her paintings are of the serpent and the angel. Sometimes she shows these two figures in love and sometimes she shows them fighting, like many relationships in reality. It is her way of understanding sexuality.

How was life for Mirka living through the war?
Life through the war, in France, was terrifying according to Mirka. If you were Jewish, like Mirka and her family, you were sent off to concentration camp by the Germans. One morning at 7.30am a policemen came and knocked on the family’s door and was supposed to send them off to the camp which was a dreadful place, but instead, after seeing how devastated and overwhelmed the family already was, he decided to give them a chance. He told them he would return at 11.30am, giving them time to hide. Mirka’s mother told her father to go hide with a neighbour, while she went with the children. This showed a great act of courage from Mirka’s mother. Mirka's father eventually went to the concentration camp to collect Mirka after 3 weeks. Mirka was very fortunate and missed out on concentration camp by 1 day. She considers the whole scenario “good luck”.

Has Mirka shown an act of courage throughout her life?
Mirka describes herself as a great reader, and from being a great reader you can learn to deal with a lot of things, as well as understand things better; you’re a better fighter. She finds that it takes courage in life to make big decisions, which she has done with the decision of moving to Australia. She told us how she loves life, and all the problems it comes with as well. “I cannot say that I am courageous, but I think courageously", as quoted by Mirka. She states she is “brave, but still very innocent.” She is very trusting in people and says that “when all is said and done, people are the best thing in the world.”

Has Mirka triumphed over adversity?
Mirka has nearly triumphed over everything she has come across in her life. She has found not knowing about her body as an adversity, and as she has grown older she has developed more knowledge about her body and understands it better. Mirka has had some bad relationships and found this, also, as an adversity. She now understands love and relationships a whole lot more.

What influenced Mirka to become a professional artist?
Mirka Mora was interested in begining painting because of her love of symbolism. She thinks that all symbols are the secrets between each other.She believes her use of symbols is like the use of symbols in the Egyptian culture and language, the French revolution and the Romans. Mirka believes that it’s in ones nature to be a professional artist, and that anyone can be a professional artist if they persist. Mirka believes if you persist in what you’re doing and if you believe in your artwork, you can easily aspire to have your paintings on display and you will be a superstar celeb artist.

Has Mirka encountered any challenges in her life?
Mirka Mora thinks that life itself is a big challenge and she quotes, “Waking up in the morning and going to bed at night is a big challenge”. Mirka also believes that growing up is challenging, to know where you are, to understand all the things about love and also to know your body. Growing up for Mirka was a very big challenge because she was brought up during the war and she was extremely close to being taken into a concentration camp but she killed the guards before they could transport her. A move was made about her exploits titled 'Downfall'

For more infomation please go to Mirka Mora's official Wikipedia page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirka_Mora


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