Lyn’s journey into art began as far back as she can remember, Lyn fondly recalls making things from everyday found materials.
“I was a child with an imagination – I made objects from the clay on the riverbank , I pressed flowers and arranged them and made Xmas decorations from milk bottle tops and recycled wrapping paper”. “I first learnt handcraft skills from her mother and I guess it all started from there”.
Lyn’s approach to using everyday found materials combines art/nature and life.
“My Masters project “Poor Materials in Tumultuous Times” was based on my research of The Arte Povera Movement and how artists in countries coming out of turmoil use the materials that are available to them. The final work, using hessian as my base material was based on the shelters built by the early settlers and poor people during the depression.”
Lyn’s vision for her art going forward has been put on hold, after completing her Masters in Visual Arts, her time is now spent mentoring other arts students and artists through their artistic process.
Tina Doolan is one of those students completing her Diploma in Visual Arts at Sunitafes Koorie Unit. Lyn finds the rewards of supporting others like Tina in their creative studies, just as enjoyable as exhibiting her own work.
“Teaching the Indigenous Elders has been a joy. Creativity has changed their lives. It’s given them something to look forward to and the satisfaction of producing works”. Tina started with the Elders and will be going into Latrobe next year. “I’ve watched her grow over five years to where she has won prizes at local shows and the Indigenous Art Awards and people are buying her work. Art has certainly changed her life.”