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Title

Cosmos - a life of fire

2014


Artist

Lindy Lee

Australia

1954 -


About

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.


Details


Date

2014


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

bronze


Dimensions

300.0 cm diam. installed


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

25.2015.a-oooo


Artist information

Lindy Lee

Works in the collection

12


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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.