Shannon Johnson

Shannon Johnson was born in Sydney. She studied at COFA, completing her Masters Degree. Over the last few years she has been exhibiting internationally, with solo shows in Paris and Finland, and participating group shows in China, Indonesia and Australia. Last September she curated the group show, 'Collage', at Sheffer Gallery in Sydney and another in Indonesia showing art made of recycled materials for the 'Festival Mata Air'. She is currently based in Erskineville Sydney, at Alpha House Artist's Co-operative.

Shannon is embroidering a portrait of a giant five cent coin for Le Fil (the thread). She draws our attentions to the smallest coin of our currency, often colloquially referred to as shrapnel - it is usually considered more of an inconvenience than an object of value or purpose. "I have a superstition that if i see a dead pidgeon bad luck is coming. If i find a 5c coin, it will be a good day. Sewing is an obsessive process. Repetition and focus, it is medetative. Perhaps this is a prayer to the 5c coin king." Shannon Johnson, June 2009