Lindy Lee’s practice explores her Chinese ancestry through Taoism and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism – philosophies that see humanity and nature as inextricably linked. She employs chance and spontaneity to produce a galaxy of images that embody the intimate connections between human existence and the cosmos. Her works are meditative, often revealing themselves through time.
Lee’s early works make reference to the Western canon of portraiture and question the notion of authenticity in artistic practice. Lee has used imagery from her family photo albums to explore the experiences of loss and transition that have spanned five generations of travel from China to Australia. In 2015, Lee collaborated with UAP on The Life of Stars, a 6-metre tall stainless steel sculpture, hand panel beaten and mirror polished. The work draws parallels between a pattern of luminous interconnecting concentric circles and the principle that everything in the universe is interrelated. A blessing of vitality and abundant energy, The Life of Stars demonstrates the idea that wellbeing naturally springs forth when the individual and the power of interconnection are in balance.
With a practice spanning over three decades, Lindy Lee has a well established reputation in Australia, as well as widespread international recognition. Lee’s solo exhibitions include The Seamless Tomb, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2017); Lindy Lee: The Dark of Absolute Freedom, the University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2015); Universal Record of the Flame, 10 Chancery Lane, Hong Kong (2013); and Birth and Death, Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney (2007). Group exhibitions include the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds (forthcoming, 2018); Versus Rodin: Bodies Across Time and Space, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2017); Beyond Words: Calligraphic Traditions of Asia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2016-17); Marking Time, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012); Chinese Australia, Australia China Art Foundation, Melbourne (2012); and Painthing (as one), Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide (2010). Lee has exhibited in the USA, Germany, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. In 1984, she graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Postgraduate Diploma in Painting in painting from Sydney College of the Arts, and in 2001 she received her PhD in Fine Art from the University of New South Wales. Lee served as a Trustee for the Art Gallery of New South Wales for nine years.
Having created major Australian public-space projects including ‘New Century Garden’ in Sydney’s Chinatown (2012) and the ‘Avoca Community Chinese Garden,’ Northern Victoria (2014), Lee has subsequently received international commissions for a number of highly acclaimed large-scale works, including Life of Stars: Tenderness of Rain, at the Zheng Zhou Cultural Centre, China (2016); The Life of Stars, Tingshin International Group, Shanghai (2015); as well as forthcoming significant projects currently under development in the Asia region.