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Artist Profile

Artist Profile Issue 35

Artist Profile is a leading quarterly journal taking its readers into the studios and minds of contemporary artists across Australasia and beyond. Industry professionals engage leading practitioners and emerging talent in conversations about their art, in their own words, while our exclusive photo shoots provide intimate access into artists’ personal and working lives. Readers gain knowledge of artists’ methods, preview works in progress and discover the life experiences that ignite artistic imaginations.

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1 min.

MICK RICHARDS is a freelance photographer and filmmaker whose work is regularly published nationally and internationally. ROGER D’SOUZA is an Australian photographer based in Brisbane. He travels the world shooting places, projects and people. JUDITH PUGH is a regional NSW based writer. She is completing a doctoral thesis on Commonwealth visual arts funding. MICHAEL YOUNG is a journalist and visual arts writer based in Australia who regularly travels to China. SARA SWEET is a Sydney-based arts writer and artist. BRIDGET MACLEOD is an arts writer and curator. She holds a Masters in Curatorial Studies and works for Defiance Gallery, Sydney. PRUE GIBSON is the author of Janet Laurence: The Pharmacy of Plants (New South Press, 2015) and The Rapture of Death (Boccalatte Publishing 2010). She also publishes short fiction stories and teaches at UNSW in creative…

3 min.
editor's note

IT HAS BEEN SAID that for centuries artists have been fascinated with the questions of how we fit into and exist in the world. How are artists confronting these issues now? Our writers have gone to extraordinary lengths again to be there with the artists and to empathise with their examinations on science and philosophy. You will be inspired by their long commitments to their diverse visions and in this issue we celebrate these achievements. Lucy Stranger explores our cover artist Lindy Lee’s philosophy. She examines Lee’s dual identity, and the years of serious focus in Zen Buddhism. Lee is at a pivotal moment in her long career, pushing to new scales with her latest works. Sara Morawetz’s aesthetic responses to Macushla Robinson’s questions about her recent durational performance projects in Brooklyn…

7 min.
end of an era: 2016 melbourne art fair cancelled

THE BIENNIAL MELBOURNE ART FAIR (MAF) run by the non-profit Melbourne Art Foundation has a noble pedigree. Every second year since 1988 it has dusted off its petticoats, let down its hair and filled Melbourne’s magnificent heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Centre with art. It may not always have been cutting edge work but was at least acceptable. However its fate deserved something better than the terse statement issued by MAF’s chairperson Anna Pappas last February signalling its end: the 2016 edition planned for August 2016 was cancelled until further notice. It was the end of MAF, or so we all thought. The Melbourne art fraternity went into overdrive, casting its net wide to apportion blame: there were suggestions that the fair suffered from mismanagement, it was too establishment, there was a lack…

6 min.
teelah george

Though Teelah George says she “never wanted to be a painter” and studied textile art at Curtin University, her art practice continues to evolve, combining found objects and storytelling in a way that she says renders her paintings “like a tactile object … responsive and malleable” HOME IS A LOADED WORD. It is more than just a place of residence; it is a psychological and emotional connection to a locale, a lifestyle, to everyday experience, to family, and to friends. The complexity and interconnectedness of our understanding of the concept of “home” is consolidated for Teelah George when she has the opportunity to work away from Perth. Following her residency at the Gunnery in Sydney late in 2015 she was re-energised. “I started painting over everything because I was so excited…

7 min.
heath franco

Heath Franco’s next exhibition, ‘Home Town Two’ at Galerie Pompom is a sequel to his cinematically inspired video ‘Home Town’ (2004). In it he draws upon horror movies of the 80s and 90s, Ren & Stimpy cartoons, popular culture and memory to create the wild, grotesque characters that populate his video works, all performed by himself. We spoke to Franco while he was in the midst of making this new work for what will be his last exhibition before he departs to the US. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE LOCATION of your new work, ‘Home Town Two’ ‘Home Town’ and the new work, ‘Home Town Two’ are both filmed in Berridale. I was born in Cooma, in southern NSW and I grew up in nearby Berridale, close to the Snowy Mountains.…

14 min.
lindy lee

For Lindy Lee the recording and questioning of self has been a constant point of examination in her practice. As a Chinese-Australian artist, her work has been critical to visualising the experience of Chinese diaspora in a country that has historically whitewashed its multiculturalism. Anchoring her practice and dual identity is her Zen Buddhism, which has propelled her current engagement with the elemental through heat, metal and fire. Now mid-career, Lindy is taking this to epic proportions. In her latest work she is pushing concept and scale with the creation of some of her largest pieces yet. For an artist who has long been in dialogue with her dual transient identities, Lindy Lee is pushing past boundaries and forging her own mark as an international artist. YOU HAVE A LONG HISTORY…