September 2016: Sheena News

Sheena: Writing news 

Academic writing news 

Article published in Student Psychology Society’s newsletter, Issue 2 

Sheena’s article has been published by SPS – a student society at CQUniversity, Australia:  

An emerging trend in interdisciplinary research and today’s psychology students, explores the implications of the growing popularity of combined disciplinary studies, and how students can best approach their studies in view of changing workforce requirements.

A follow-up article will be published in the upcoming double edition of the newsletter: 

An emerging global trend is combining psychology and sociology to bridge research gaps, investigates the real-world application of interdisciplinary research, and indications that it may be a growing field.

The Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research (ACUR) 2016

Sheena has been selected to make a 20 min spoken presentation of her sociological research at ACUR in October.   

Sheena has made it through into the second ’round’, in which she will make a presentation of the research that supports her peer-reviewed abstract. Her research is in the ‘social justice’ category and the discipline of sociology.

Sheena is an active student member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and member of Golden Key International Honour Society.

 Sheena: Music news 

Currently, Sheena is co-writing (and performing) a piece of emotive vocal music with John Nyman for his upcoming double album. John was a member of Australian band, Geisha in the 1980s. More on Geisha.

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Performing at Phil Emmanuel concert workshop (live concert still by S Mackie).

Sheena: Art news

Sheena is in the process of refining a unique concept for a new exhibition of her work.

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Glowing crystal ball (photo by S Mackie).

Other writing news 

New age writing

Sheena is currently researching and writing her column Real-life objects of power and mystery, for the Summer 2016-17 edition of Your Stars, (due out in late November).

The column investigates artifacts (usually stored in museums) and the folklore or events relating to them, against modern day studies, case studies and public opinion.

She has been writing for the magazine for 12 years.









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Childhood dreams…

Here is a true story of a child with dreams and a sprinkling of savvy…

I dreamed of being an artist.

After all, my mother was an exhibiting artist and I had already won prizes.

Surely, this could be my future?


One holidays, I worked diligently creating a series of pictures with oil pastels. Not your average childlike scribblings, these were unique.

You see, I had discovered how to ‘etch’ pictures so that they popped out in rainbow colours from a black oil-pastel-canvas. I created about 15 of these masterpieces and stuck them up on the wall with blue-tak.

An enterprising and creative child, I arranged an art exhibition, using my shared bedroom (my sister was unimpressed) and charged for entry.

From memory, I asked my Mum to invite some people to come to my exhibition!

Although I cannot recall the exact entry charge, I do know that back then you could buy a bag of lollies for 20 cents!  I was rich!!

Did I have some inner-navigation that years later, I would exhibit and sell my art?

Amazing art moments…

Being an artist is an experience in the unusual at times!  

Here are two of those moments: 

The Rescue

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“The Rescue” 2009, by Sheena B Mackie, 20″x 24″, Acrylic on canvas, (Artist’s collection).

The story behind the painting: 

In 2009, I was painting with the theme of ‘illness & recovery’ in mind.

I had an idea for an industrial scene, with colour and brightness, against dullness.

As I was painting, I felt as though I had become lost in another realm or world, and my hand was working independently from my body (a strange sensation).

An angel formed on the canvas before me, appearing to drag an ailing person to safety.

The world seems to be closing in, whilst symbols of faith and renewal gleam brightly.


Sea of Ghosts

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“Sea of Ghosts” 2004, Sheena B Mackie, 36″x48″, Acrylic on canvas, The Verve collection. 

The story behind the painting: 

It was December 2004.  I felt dark. Very dark. Downright gloomy.  Something was up.

I started painting.

Swirling water formed, like a tunnel.  I felt that it was important.  I kept going.  White paint… light… crossing over… faces… spirits.

Almost frenzied, I was in some sort of ‘zone’ of turbulence and almost, horror.

When I emerged from that zone, I stood back and looked at the painting.

I knew it was prophetic somehow.

Within weeks a massive tsunami killed upwards of 230,000 people.

**As I was organising an exhibition with The Verve Restaurant, at the time, I exchanged the painting for the cost of hosting my show. The owner of The Verve has this gem in his collection.