Previous Exhibition

Susan Lincoln —
Untitled (TIME 2011 – )

Jul 14 – Jul 29, 2016

About the Artist      

To date, there is a completely natural progression in my art practice; a cumulative response from very humble beginnings. All of my oeuvre is a testament to childhood memories as a girl, completely spellbound by the light refractions around the room from my mother’s crystal bracelet in the unique light of outback Queensland.

The meticulously crafted, multifaceted work of Susan Lincoln employs light, material and form to convey a secular spirituality. Combining sculpture, installation and photography and acting as Memento Vivre (reminders to live), Susan’s work explores personal experiences, contemporary attitudes and universal themes.

In Untitled (TIME 2011 –) we see Lincoln extend her practice into process based drawing. The presented scrolls while finely delicate and seemingly fragile, in their use of translucent paper and white ink, are the result of a process of repetitive endurance by Lincoln, who creates line after line over the course of hours and days and weeks. Present in this work are signature elements of Lincoln’s broader practice including a dedication to a monochromic palette and highly refined understanding of materiality as well as the conceptual focus on memory and time passing. Indeed each scroll exists as an attestation of Lincoln’s presence over time, each line a recorded moment that passes into the next line, the next moment, a constant work in progress.

About the Artist

Susan Lincoln

Susan Lincoln is an established contemporary visual artist with a rich connection to regional and rural Australia, and the women in Lincoln’s family who have shared experiences of these landscapes. It is the nostalgia, unique environment, and familial connection to these places of importance that has left a signature mark on the majority of Lincoln’s works over the last decade. Lincoln’s oeuvre exhibits the lived experience of the bonds of motherhood and family; from the memories of her mother’s crystal bracelet which would reflect light, to the heartbeat performance video enacted by Lincoln and her daughter, the works always have a root hooked in the ideologies of the feminine and plays with the idea of secular spirituality. It is these themes which inform the works in this latest exhibit. 

To be in the presence of Lincoln’s work is to understand the artist’s desire to promote an experiential or immersive experience, one which is rooted in philosophy, memory and reflection; much akin to works by contemporary French Conceptual artist Christian Boltanski. Where Boltanski used similar materials and conceptual frameworks to form a recreation of the past, Lincoln’s work ventures to ascend toward a greater understanding and ultimate reflection of the past, to clarify ideas and transform heavy philosophies into objects and experiences of beauty for the future. The incredible lightness of being invites contemplation and connectivity to a selection of works on paper, video, small and large-scale sculpture,  and invites intimacy and viewer participation with the work.

The incredible lightness of being held at Side Gallery is an explorative landing strip for a larger body of work which will tour Australia in 2019–2020. 

—  Download Susan Lincoln's CV

About the Curator

Rachael Parsons

Rachael Parsons is a curator and academic within the Creative industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Honours (Visual Arts) in 2006 as well as her Masters of Research in 2011 from QUT. Rachael’s masters research explored new curatorial methodologies for the exhibition of digital and new media art practices. She has exhibited her own work both in Brisbane and internationally and has worked as an independent freelance curator focusing on digital media and experimental art exhibitions running programs such as minute gallery and the Backdoor Gallery.

In 2011 Rachael joined the curatorial team at QUT’s Creative Industries Precinct as the Exhibitions Officer and curator, facilitating their new media exhibition program. In 2012 Rachael joined Brisbane-based artist-run initiative Vegas Spray as a Co-Director to facilitate a range of programs and platforms that support and promote cultural ecology of Brisbane including BNE Art and the Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival.