Helen TIERNAN, HELEN S. TIERNAN : Storied Country 2022 also known as Exhibition at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art 2022

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Helen TIERNAN 1952 -
oil on canvas

Exhibition of paintings by Helen S. Tiernan at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art showing 22 October - 18 November 2022. Helen is of Irish /Indigenous heritage of the Kulin Nation and has built her reputation on richly research-based content, quoting from her own heritage, as well as European and Indigenous archival records. More recently she has been inspired by Lynne Kelly’s Memory Code; Alison Page’s Clever Country; Ray Norris’ Astronomical Symbolism in Australian Aboriginal rock art and the ground-breaking exhibition Songlines- tracking the seven sister,s co- curated by Margo Neale, where the collaboration of the use of Indigenous memory codes embedded within landscape has been acknowledged. In this context Tiernan’s recent paintings, playfully remind us that landscapes are neither innocent or pristine, but rather, cultured spaces; repositories of ancient knowledge and deep memory where, from an Indigenous Australian perspective, they are storied with Songlines and Tjukurrpa and inflected with the moralities arising from mythology that remind us of how values and identities formed.Another articulation in Tiernan’s cross-cultural narratives, is the interweaving of symbolic references to instruments and vehicles of navigation, the subject of paintings from her earlier exhibitions. Preview the exhibition on our website www.diggins.com.au and request a colour illustrated catalogue with essay by Dr Marie Geissler.

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