About the artwork and sitter
This sensitive portrait shows Lana Khouri, a social worker and climate activist, sitting on the bonnet of a car amidst the floodwaters, contemplating an uncertain future. Painting Lana Khouri in this way, Huon Kane ensures that this is more than a character portrait. It talks of a young woman, with face paint and a child’s pink unicorn almost hidden behind her, contemplating the future.
“She represents a generation of young people concerned about their future amidst the climate crisis,” Huon Kane says.
“Beauty and devastation form the backdrop to her greatest challenge; how to find strength, fulfilment and happiness in a world of rapidly accelerating climate change.”
About the artist
Huon Kane is a Meanjin/Brisbane based visual artist whose work explores societal issues through portraiture. He studied animation at QUT and worked as an animator under cultural heritage artist Brett Leavy, with work showcased in galleries throughout Australia. In 2020 he won the People’s Choice Award for the BPP’s Salon des Refuse.