ACU Melbourne Library Manager Karen Campbell pictured with Helen Johnson's painting '23 Specific References'.
Helen Johnson was born in 1979 in Melbourne, Australia where she currently lives and works.
In her paintings, Johnson often addresses colonial history and its ongoing impact on Australia’s political and social realities. Her work blends figuration and abstraction, by representing people, animals and objects from the past in full and in fragments or silhouettes. She draws on a variety of sources ranging from ‘emojis’ and cartoons to religious European painting and Greek mythology.
ACU Art Curator, Caroline Field is delighted to present this newly acquired work by Helen Johnson titled 23 Specific References, 2012.
She states: "While complementing the historical representations of the Madonna and child held within the University’s collection, Johnson’s contemporary interpretation of the subject is imbued with grace, tenderness and reflection. The delicate application of pigment and gold leaf on linen overlaid in a translucent veil of silk enhances the poignant, haunting beauty of this sacred image and reminds the viewer of the power of humanity in its most intimate and fragile state."
23 Specific References is presently displayed in the ACU Melbourne Library, Level One.
Campus Library Manager, Karen Campbell (pictured) commented: "The serenity of the work and its invitation to quiet contemplation will create a soothing break for students who want to gather their thoughts before diving into their study."