Teen artist prints like a pro
THE story of a family’s rollercoaster journey from war-torn Asia to the Far North is being told by an inspired teenage artist.
A printmaking collection by Innisfail local Lisa Vue, 18, opened at Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, on Friday evening. Her exhibition,
(I am Hmong), tells the story of displaced Hmong people — an ethnic group from Thailand, China, Laos and Vietnam — who left their homes during the Vietnam War, before many of them began new lives in Australia.
For countless hours she gathered evidence from her grandparents, now living in Cairns, who spent time at a refugee camp in Thailand during the conflict.
Lisa, a graduate of Innisfail’s Good Counsel College, spent about two months creating the collection.
“I was born in Australia, but as small kids we’re very west- ernised and I didn’t know much about my own family culture or traditions,” she said.
“The (Vietnam) war was hard for my grandparents, and countless other people who were forced to leave their homes.
“I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to share these moments with my grandparents.”
Lisa’s work was inspired by several family artefacts, including a small jacket which she said represented the strug- gles of children during the Vietnam War.
She said it was an “incredible” feeling to already have her own printmaking exhibition on display for the public.
The teenager was mentored by Cairns artist Hannah Parker while she created the collection.
Ms Parker, who has about 20 years of printmaking experience, said Lisa showed potential for a bright future in the industry.
“Her work is really immedi- ate, fresh and raw,” she said. “Everything she has done is great, but I can see it is just the beginning.
“I’d love to work with her again. She is a promising young storyteller.”
(I am Hmong) is on display at Tanks Art Centre (Tank 4) until March 30.
Artist Lisa Vue will launch her first solo exhibition Kuv Yog Hmoob (I am Hmong) at the Tanks Arts Centre tonight.