Lindy Lee’s bronze “Fire Stones” have evolved from her earlier “flung ink” painting practice, which is based on an ancient Chinese painting technique. After a period of meditation, the artist spontaneously takes up a cup of ink and splashes it across paper. Although the marks appear to be made from chance, the spiritual understanding is that the patterns formed are caused from the interconnection of all conditions that exist in the universe in that moment. Within these marks the energy and totality of the entire cosmos is embodied.
Lindy Lee has expanded this tradition to incorporate the flinging of molten bronze to create enigmatic shapes which are then used to create sculptural wall works. The new “fire stone” sculptures take the process even further to make three-dimensional forms which result from the energy and fluidity created by intense heat. These sculptures are riven with fire, reminiscent of the flaming, mystical, wish-fulfilling pearls treasured by Chinese dragons.
Also included are two recent works from Lindy Lee's continuing series of works on paper, in which she employs pyrographic techniques to evoke the infinity of the universe.
Born in Brisbane, Lindy Lee has been exhibiting for three decades in Australia and internationally. The University of Queensland Art Museum in Brisbane is currently presenting a major survey exhibition of her work, The Dark of Absolute Freedom, curated by Michele Helmrich. Lee was recently awarded the New Century Garden commission to create a new public space in Sydney’s Chinatown. Lee is a founding member of Gallery 4A and she is currently a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Lee’s work is held in a number of public and corporate collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia. Lindy Lee has been represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 1986.