Portrait of an Artist: Jennifer Herd

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Our next Portrait of an Artist talk for 2021 offers a unique insight into the life and work of Aboriginal artist Jennifer Herd.

Jennifer is a Mbarbarrum woman whose family roots lie in Far North Queensland. Known for the delicate process and powerful message of her shield designs, Jennifer uses the depiction of shields as a way of connecting to her heritage and culture, referencing the frontier resistance by First Nations peoples in North Queensland. As a multi-faceted artist, Jennifer has worked in the fashion and theatre industries in costume design, and uses elements of stitching and pinhole techniques in her paintings, sculptures and installations. Her designs are presented as a reminder of speaking truth to power, frontier resistance and the aftermath of cultural identity stripped bare.

Jennifer spent time as the Convenor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at the Queensland College of Art, and In 2003 she won the Queensland College of Art Graduate Students prize, the Theiss Art Prize, for her Masters of Visual Arts. She is also a founder of ProppaNOW, an artists' collective designed to give urban-based Aboriginal artists a platform for their works. 

Jennifer was featured in State Library's Spoken: Celebrating Queensland languages exhibition in 2019/2020, and we are excited to welcome her back to talk about her craft. 

This Portrait of an Artist event will include a viewing of Jennifer's artist interview as part of the James C. Sourris artist interviews series, and a discussion followed by a Q&A with the artist.

Learn more about Portrait of an Artist and revisit previous events with an astonishing range of Queensland's most inspiring artists by visiting our dedicated webpage.

Generously supported by James C Sourris AM through Queensland Library Foundation.

Where: Auditorium 2, level 2

When: 26 November 2021, 6.30pm

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