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72 ARTIST SHOWCASE Stephen Tierney

Lo Que Sea (What will be), 2017, paper collage on art board, 50 x 35 cm

Los Aplausos (Applause) , 2017 paper collage on art board, 50 x 35 cm

Stephen Tierney


strong satirical sense of humour and critique of social behaviour underline Australian artist Stephen Tierney’s work, seen in his powerful new series of handcut collages entitled ‘But First We Dance… A guide to ignoring the end of the world’. Created in reaction to the degradation of international politics and an increasing amount of violence and natural disasters globally, Tierney set out to reveal the dark side of ignorance against our innate ability to carry on with daily life, even when it seems to be crumbling around us. One week after the exhibition of the work opened, three huge earthquakes struck Mexico. The largest centred close to Oaxaca, where

Tierney works and exhibits. The tragedy was immediate for the people who lost their lives, and for the survivors who lost families, friends, homes and businesses. During this time the artist also felt an incredible sense of solidarity and resilience from all types of people; young and old, rich and poor, all working together and helping each other at a time when it would be very easy to give up. There are all kinds of tragedies, from simple everyday problems, to personal heartbreak, to those mass disasters that affect us all as they become currency for fear and terror through news and media outlets. Tierney uses his artworks to show optimism and bravery in the face of adversity and the pain of humankind.

Inside Artists - Issue 11  

Paint, plaster, wood and ink are all powerful resources in the hands of an artist, and the ability to transform their chosen material from i...