OVERFLOWING: A Jar full of Joy by Emma Robinson won the People’s Choice Award in Creative Gladstone's recent art competition.
OVERFLOWING: A Jar full of Joy by Emma Robinson won the People’s Choice Award in Creative Gladstone's recent art competition. Contributed

Jar full of joy shows what makes people happy

EMMA Robinson's interactive work, A Jar full of Joy, has been chosen as the People's Choice in Creative Gladstone's International Women's Day Art Competition.

"When I read the theme Make it Happen - Reignite your Joy, the idea for this just came to me," Ms Robinson said.

Ms Robinson posted on Facebook, asking people to fill in the blank; "…………… fills me with joy".

"It was so nice to hear what made people happy," she said.

"I collected the replies first and then the rest of the idea grew from there.

"All of the answers were true to what people had posted. I even kept people's spelling mistakes.

"I chose this jar because it is like a goldfish bowl we are looking in on, just like Facebook.

"Each response is written on a luggage tag as it is a destination."

The responses were anonymous unless people included their name in the comment.

Some responses include "walking through my front door after a hard day's work", "hugs with my grandchildren", "an uninterrupted toilet or shower" and "my family".

Ms Robinson's favourite was "Drinking vodka - no seriously, spending time with my gorgeous girls".

"I found it interesting how people would edit themselves," she said.

"Many people replied with the same answer as the person above them in the comments, which made me wonder, are people honest on social media?

"I was very curious about what social media does to people's description of joy."

Ms Robinson received $150 from Creative Gladstone as her prize.



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