Valerie Keenan - Visual Artist

Valerie Keenan BFA (hons)

Conceptual artist, workshop tutor and facilitator, curator, judge, arts administrator, reviewer, author and social history researcher.

I am a practising visual artist based at Murray Upper in Far North Queensland and have recently submitted my PhD Thesis and exhibition at the University of Southern Queensland. My most recent project, “Responsible Heritage – Writing back to Willie”, was inspired by the hand written letters of a late nineteenth-century Queensland grazier, William Henry while he lived and worked on Queensland cattle properties, “Tinnenburra” SWQ, “Bellenden” and “Glenora” (FNQ).

My current research has a focus on 19th century colonial and contemporary social history, biography, museum and visual studies and ethnographic practices. As an artist and social history researcher, I have a good understanding of museum and gallery practices, display, cataloguing, archival systems, research and so on.

In the context of my visual arts practice and research I have prepared and presented at conferences, academic discussion groups, general public, art students (tertiary and high school) and so on.

I draw on a variety of media including photography, painting, drawing, weaving, artist books, found and created objects to “see”, interpret and represent the interaction between people, their culture and environments within which they live. I have a substantial exhibiting profile and my work is held in a number of public and private collections.
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