Lindy Lee has been creating her 'fires stones' and 'flung bronze' wall pieces since 2009. They are a sculptural extension of her performative painting practice which emulates Ch'an monks in flinging ink and hot wax onto works following a meditation session. This process can be traced back to an Asialink residency in Beijing during the mid-1990s when she rediscovered her Chinese heritage and was introduced to Zen Buddhism.
Each segment of Lee's 'Cosmos - a life of fire' 2014 was made by ladling pools of molten bronze onto the foundry floor. Once these cooled and set in a myriad of organic forms, they were burnished and arranged carefully in a perfect circle on the wall. These materials and processes employ elements, forces, and energies that bring to mind creation mythologies and the origins of the universe, which are central to Buddhist beliefs.
300.0 cm diam. installed
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the artist 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Lindy Lee. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Lindy Lee: the dark of absolute freedom (2014-15), University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 20 Sep 2014–22 Feb 2015
Beyond Words: Calligraphic Traditions of Asia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Aug 2016–30 Apr 2017
Under the Stars, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Mar 2020–2021
Referenced in 2 publications
John Saxby (Editor), Look, 'Zen and the art of flinging bronze', pg. 8, Sydney, Aug 2015, front cover (colour illus.), 7 (colour illus.), 8.
Damian Smith, Lindy Lee: the dark of absolute freedom, 'Lindy Lee: Zen Buddhism as artistic process', pg. 111-135, Brisbane, 2014, 114 (colour illus.), 115, 141.