About the artwork and sitter
Appropriately titled, ‘Storyteller,’ this piece features Louise Limerick, an award-winning Brisbane author who, for the past 5 years, has worked as a facilitator for a story-based community development project in Aurukun.
Louise has a particular interest in the lives of women and their stories. Her first two books were set in the streets of Brisbane.
The Sydney Morning Herald described the impact of her book ‘Dying for Cake’ as ‘never again will you walk past a group of mums having coffee and cake, without dying to know what’s going on underneath the surface.’
This piece speaks to the magic of Louise’s storytelling, and the stories we all have within us. If you glimpse into the window behind her, you’ll spot a sea of Brisbane stories hiding in plain sight.
About the artist
Cathy has a lifelong love of art, exploring pencils, paint, printing, collage, and combining them into mixed media works. Recently, she has used digital art, continuing to experiment with different creative artistic techniques for both digital and hard copy creations.
Cathy was a finalist in the 2021 Brisbane Portrait Prize and winner of the 2021 National Palliative Care Art Competition.
“I hope the viewer looks through the windows to see the details in my work and discover the multitude of stories in the suburbs of Brisbane."
Behind the scenes
I wanted to show Louise as ‘The Story Teller’ and as ‘The Teacher’ with her desire to encourage and help others of all ages and backgrounds to write their own stories. As an artist and proud sister of Louise, I want the viewer to look at her hand, held out in a gesture of welcome. She is showing us her Brisbane and its people from which she creates her stories. I hope the viewer looks through the windows to see the details in my work and discover the multitude of stories in the suburbs of Brisbane. If they do this, then I have succeeded as an artist in conveying more than an image of her. I have created a story.