Watch Helen Johnson discuss her artistic response to World War I in this series of videos for the Anzac Centenary Print Portfolio exhibition by the Australian War Memorial.
The Australian War Memorial invited five New Zealand and five Australian artists to each create an artistic response to World War I (1914–19). These videos record the responses, thoughts, working processes, and printmaking techniques of the ten artists as they develop their prints in dialogue with Australian master printmaker John Loane.
Some artists drew on their family histories to remember fathers, great-uncles, or grandparents involved or lost in the war. Others explored their own beliefs about the war and its impact on humanity.
The videos make up a documentary filmed over 12 months at the Megalo Print Studio and Gallery in Canberra, Australia. The Anzac print portfolio is part of Ngā Toi Season 6 at Te Papa from 16 September 2016 to January 2017.
Helen Johnson is an Australian artist based in Melbourne. She is primarily a painter, and her work explores the ‘ongoing formation of Australian identity’. She graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and has undertaken residencies in London, Germany, and Norway, as well as at Artspace in Sydney and the Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne.
This biographical text was written by Megan Tamati-Quennell. It is based on the ANZAC Century Print Portfolio, Australian War Memorial publication, written by Laura Webster, Senior Curator of Art at the Australia War Memorial and Dr Emma Kindred, Assistant Curator, Australian Paintings and Sculpture pre-1920 at the Australian War Memorial.