Plate 180

(196) Sheena Mathieson – House Keeping the Emu

About this Artwork
Price: $200 AUD

An interpretation. From one encyclopedia to another: The Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge from the 1950s, to my very own 1963 Dean’s Supreme Book for Children, which I have rediscovered as part of Door to Door. Outmoded, white interpretations of our world, smattered with new learning of mine about the emu as the creator spirit that used to fly and look over the land. Layered with cut-outs, frottage, print, watercolour and shellac.

About Sheena

Sheena is a visual artist and community facilitator specialising in crafting art from the found and bringing people together to explore their own creativity in inspiring and vibrant settings.
Woman-made is the business name under which Sheena operates.
Sheena’s artwork explores the world around us through colour and the use of preloved surfaces and objects. She crafts atmospheric paintings, drawings, collages, objets d’art and wearable art pieces. Recurrent themes include the human and natural form and spirit, and our tenuous relationship with the environment. Her work has a strong physical presence.
For Sheena, a preloved object or surface carries with it texture and emotions.
‘Whilst I have created many works on the traditional blank canvas or sheet of paper, my preference is to work on a surface which carries other narratives. This is where I feel most comfortable.’ Through the manipulation of the surface and form, Sheena’s artworks beg to be touched – they can be touched.

Link to Sheena’s Art Aviso profile HERE

Sheena was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:

Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia
Volume 9
Questions and Answers on things that interest you and me.
Where Birds keep house.