Lindy Lee’s (b. 1954, Australia) practice explores her Chinese roots through the philosophies of Taoism and Buddhism, characterised by an awareness of humanity’s close relationship to nature and the universe. She believes that Australia’s spirit of place is born through multitudinous interactions between the diverse cultures that exist in this country. Her work is an investigation of the interdependence between the material and the immaterial. Unseen forces are always at work, creating the conditions that bring life into being. Whatever form existence takes on – person, tree or rock – has simultaneously tangible and intangible characteristics. The tangible is the physical and visible. The intangible is a shadow realm comprised of the myriad and endlessly shifting relationships that bring form into being – embodied reality. The use of materials, images and processes in her work can be seen as a metaphor for the porous nature of ‘being in the world’. The boundaries between ‘self’ and ‘other’ are permeable. Similarly, cultures and societies are also porous.
Lee is a founding member of Gallery 4A in Sydney’s Chinatown and is a current trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She has exhibited in Australia and abroad, including shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Taiwan Museum of Art; and Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Japan. In 2014, she held a solo exhibition The Dark of Absolute Freedom at the University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia. Her work is included in major public and private collections, including Art Gallery of South Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales, (Australia); National Gallery of Australia; and The University of Melbourne (Australia).