In The art that made me, artists discuss works in the Art Gallery of NSW collection that either inspire, influence or simply delight them. This selection by Lindy Lee first appeared in Look – the Gallery’s members magazine.
‘There is hugeness in all of these works,’ Lindy Lee admits, reflecting on her selection of favourites from the Gallery’s collection. ‘The ancient Chinese Guanyin embodies a very wide and generous spirit – the heart of compassion. Gulumbu Yunupingu invokes how the fabric of our being is ploughed through with cosmos. Miyajima Tatsuo’s primary subject is time and Sugimoto Hiroshi’s work touches eternity.’
A student of Zen Buddhism for more than 20 years, Lee’s work shares many of these same concerns, while also evoking her own struggle with identity and her family’s history.
‘I’ve been preoccupied with the nature of “self” in the world,’ she has said. ‘For me it has to do with being a divided self – Chinese and Australian – and the feeling of being neither this, nor that, but both.
‘At one end of the scale my work deals with identity, but the examination of “self” goes beyond identity,’ she says. ‘The dimension of what makes us what we are is huge.’