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Devonport only Tassie stop for artist Lindy Lee

One of the most respected contemporary artists working in Australia Lindy Lee will showcase her work at the Devonport Regional Art Gallery, titled the Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop – the only Tasmanian stop in her national tour which opens this Friday.

Gallery Director Geoff Dobson said: “Following a successful season at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Sydney, Lee’s exhibition is touring nationally to five venues across Australia, including Western Plains Cultural Centre (NSW), Lismore Regional Gallery (NSW), Artspace Mackay (QLD), and John Curtin Gallery (WA), supported by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.”

Curated by MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop is the largest survey exhibition of Lindy Lee’s works to date.

“Lee’s stunning exhibition is the result of a close collaboration between the artist and curator, the exhibition features key artworks from the 1980s to the present, including several new works created specifically for the exhibition tour,” Mr Dobson said.

“It’s exciting for the Devonport Regional Gallery to host someone of Lee’s calibre, we are honoured and excited to showcase her work.”

“Lee works across painting, sculpture, installation and public art. She draws on her Australian and Chinese heritage to develop works that engage with the history of art, cultural authenticity, personal identity and the cosmos. Key influences are the philosophies of Daoism and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism.”

Lee has created a number of new artworks for the exhibition tour including Water + Water (2020), a large paper work created using natural elements of fire and water; and Untitled (2020), an installation comprising of small sculptures individually created by the artist by hand-pouring molten bronze.

Other highlights include Equanimity (No More Struggles in the Ocean of ‘Yes’ and ‘No’) (2017), a polished stainless-steel sculpture pierced with hundreds of tiny holes, illuminated from the centre the perforations are transformed into stars to create its own constellation.

The key photographic work The Seamless Tomb (Wearing An Iron Yoke That Has No Hole) (2017), which reflects on Lee’s family’s journey from China to Australia and Ten Worlds, Ten Directions (2002) brings together abstraction and figurative elements and continues the artist’s ongoing exploration of Buddhist philosophy.
As well as a series of early photocopy works drawn from Western art history that address identity and authenticity.

Lee’s exhibition will be opened by renowned Tasmanian visual artist and veteran of the arts, Greg Leong. Mr Leong has a long list of impressive roles in the international, national and state arts scene, including his tenure as Director of the Burnie Arts and Function Centre.

Lee’s bio:

With a practice spanning over four decades, Lee has exhibited widely in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and USA, and is represented in numerous major public and private collections.

In recent years, Lee’s practice has expanded into the public realm. She has created a series of significant public artworks in Australia and internationally, including Secret World of a Starlight Ember, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; The Life of Stars, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; The Garden of Cloud and Stone, Chinatown Public Domain, Sydney; and The Life of Stars – The Tenderness of Rain, Province Midtown Cultural Centre, Zhengzhou, China.

In 2018 the artist was awarded a prestigious international commission to create an iconic gateway work for New York’s Chinatown district.

The Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop exhibition will be on display at the Devonport Regional Galley from 11 February until 18 April 2022.

Photo: One of the most respected contemporary artists working in Australia today Lindy Lee is showcasing her work at the Devonport Regional Art Gallery, opening this Friday, titled the Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop exhibition, which is touring nationally to five venues across Australia.

Image Credit: Lindy Lee with Secret World of a Starlight Ember, 2020, installation view, Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2020, stainless steel, image courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, © the artist, photograph: Ken Leanfore

Media contact: Geoff Dobson | Convention and Arts Centre Director  
paranaple arts centre | 0419 505 838 | gdobson@devonport.tas.gov.au