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This exhibition brings together paper-based and sculptural works made from 2008 to the present day. A new flung bronze wall sculpture entitled Fragmenting Firmament is accompanied by a series of large-scale works on paper made with fire, Chinese Ink, pencil, and photographic portraiture.
Following the announcement of Ouroboros (2024), an immersive public sculpture commissioned by National Gallery of Australia, and the touring survey exhibition, Moon in a Dewdrop, curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Lindy Lee’s new exhibition A world of dew, and within every dewdrop a world of struggle continues the artist’s exploration of humanity’s interconnectedness with the cosmos.
…they are the seeds of all the creatures on earth; they are the flock of the moon scattered across the sky like sheep in a meadow, and she leads them to pasture…
…they are spheres of crystal and their music creates a movement in the sky; they are fixed and we are moving; we are fixed and they are moving…
Lindy Lee’s practice explores her ancestry through the philosophies of Taoism and Buddhism, characterised by an awareness of humanity’s close relationship to nature and the universe. Employing ideas of chance and spontaneity, she creates imagery that emanates philosophical reflections on nature and life. Rather than singular visual statements, Lee’s artworks are thoughtful objects that evoke the elements and where meaning emerges from sustained meditation. Conceptually concerned with the ancient universe, we are repeatedly offered ‘a grander vision of existence where the bonds of time are loosened and we are for a moment free’.
With a practice spanning more than four decades, Lee’s work has been exhibited widely throughout Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States. Selected solo and group exhibitions include: Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2020; Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2018; Infinite conversations: Asian-Australia Artistic Exchange, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2018; Lindy Lee: The Dark of Absolute Freedom, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, 2014; and Birth and Death, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, 2007.
Lee’s work is held in major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Queensland Art Gallery + Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; as well as regional and private collections throughout the world.
In June 2022, Lindy Lee sat down for a yarn with Ron Bradfield Jr. to talk about her national touring exhibition Moon in a Dewdrop, currently on view at John Curtin Gallery, Perth, until 8 August 2022, her profound experience in the Shire of Roebourne, intergenerational trauma and the important influence of Zen Buddhism on her art practice.