Linda Lees opens her debut solo exhibition at MAMA

06 May 2019

Linda Lees spend the first decades of her creative practice as a photographer. She enjoyed the sense of order, precision, and process.

This sense of perfection is evident in her new body of work Curves and Crisp Edges - a series of ceramic sculptures exploring form, shape and finishes.

‘I dabbled in pottery years ago when my children were toddlers. The community college had a crèche and I felt like I could finally pursue something for myself. But then I got caught up in photography and spent over 20 years deep in that world’.

Linda describes herself as a maker, and has fallen into ceramics wholeheartedly. She has fitted out a home studio with a kiln, and is part way through completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts specialising in sculpture.

‘I was hesitant at first to get into the academic side of things, I just enjoy the making so much. But studying sculpture helps me understand the other side of things, the ideas, the concepts, and the history a bit better.’

Linda Lees inspects a circular sculpture on a tall white plinth in the Brindley Family Galleries at MAMA

Linda Lees inspects one work in her series 'Curves and Crisp Edges" at Murray Art Museum Albury until 9 June. Image: Annie Falcke

Linda is active in several artist collectives in North East Victoria, including the Broken River Potters. ‘I love the support we give each other, and just the advice and tips, different approaches to doing things, I’ve learned a lot’.

However, experimenting in a shared studio situation can sometimes be perilous. ‘Recently I made a piece out of an earthenware material that requires a lower heat. It was accidentally put into a high heat kiln at the shared studio. The work melted into a puddle, and went all over the pieces next to it. I felt terrible about it. Now I can control everything at home and these little experiments won’t ruin anyone else’s work!’

Linda completed the works in this exhibition in 2018, and is now working on a new series inspired by significant Australian rock formations, such as Wave Rock in Western Australia and the Devils Marbles in the Northern Territory. ‘All around Australia in my travels I’ve been inspired by the little ecosystems in the rocky outcrops. They’re rugged, but we need to protect them’.

Linda will be co-presenting a floortalk Talking Sculpture with fellow sculptor Susie Losch on Thursday 16 May at 6pm.

Curves and Crisp Edges continues until Sunday 9 June.