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SYDNEY ARTIST LINDY LEE
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From: deb bainking
Category: Exhibitions
Date: 24 July 2003

Review

Walked a long way from one end of Pitt st Sydney up almost to the harbour in the rain. Found an underpark walk that veered toward Woolloomoolo and then a carpark express walk that go me there almost all the way dry. It really rains in Sydney. In Melbourne where I come from, this is the main point of contention between Melbourne and Sydney. It's no big deal to people in Sydney, "So what? Is that all you've got to think about?" Well actually the other thing we think about is art. We love art in Melbourne. We huddle in corners and under shelves in cafes thinking, thinking.. We are big time thinkers so it's great to get out of the cupboard get on a plane and walk. And then think some more about art. I got to Artpsace in the Gunnery building wet, well exercized and really ready to think. Lindy Lee's show is a physical encounter. You have to walk between maze like constructions of folding screens. These are approximately knee height and vary in length. Some maybe only 4 panels others 12. The images on the panels are the faces of Lee's relatives across maybe 6 generations. Each screen is of the one face repeated in varying degrees of clarity and then washed with red. The effect of walking past the same face repeated many times at different projections some how brings you closer to the sense of the person. To wander lost amongst so many presences is a strong emotional experience, You are encouraged to feel immersed within the family, feel it's warmth and it's history. The history is an obvious rich and varied one. The earliest photos date back to 19th century China and hold within them the threads of a tradition that is gently merged and transmuted to the present day. Lee's been working as an artist for about 20 years. If you want to see a little more of her work I think she's on the NAVA website. (national association of visual artists, australia.

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