The 'Continuum' exhibition marks the thirty-third solo exhibition for Australian visual artist Gemma Lynch-Memory. For an artist to achieve such a milestone is a testament to her creative depth and artistic achievement.
While 'Continuum' appears as a deeper exploration of the abstraction style for the artist, it is in fact, a return to the pure abstraction sways of her sold-out 'Testimony' exhibition from 1996. Over the next decade, Lynch-Memory's work sourced heavily from her rural upbringing for inspiration. This led to the development of her signature abstract landscape works that have proved irresistible to the buying public. In 2007, this captivation with the land would culminate in Lynch-Memory becoming the first woman to retrace the 1883 expedition of Australia's first female explorer, Emily Creaghe, through Central Australia. This journey led to the creation of Lynch-Memory's critically acclaimed 'emily:explorer' national touring exhibition inspired by the incredible feat of this little known Australian woman.
'Continuum' has the tropes and qualities of the artist's two and a half decades of creative investigation but enjoys a more expansive scope for personal interpretation with universal contemplative themes. There is the pervasive use of text throughout the exhibition as both antagonist and protagonist. Are they words as torrents of information serving to annihilate us, or are they words as expressions of metaphysics to inform us of a way to our salvation?
The impulse behind this body of work stems from the need to acknowledge the reality of our global environment and, in turn, refine our ability to interpret what is real and what is not. This knowledge and understanding are the tools that birth the ability to navigate the most holistic pathway forward for our individual journeys. The opportunity that recent global events have given us for deeper reflection on our own beliefs and intrinsic needs makes this exhibition's timing acute.
The high key colour pallet of works like 'New World Order' and 'Revive' illuminate with neon-like intensity while questioning our profound need to find consolation in a world filled with artificial urgency. Other works such as 'Silence', 'Balance' and 'Equalise' use text infused colour panes and mark-making to highlight this conflict between a superficial reality and our innate essence. Other works such as 'After The Fire' and 'Home' return to more earthy tones and examine how we deal with loss, change and our need for connection to place. Thick impasto colour panels and perceptive mark-making add to the work's allure. They serve to highlight the artist's technical abilities, now sharply refined from over twenty-five years of applying paint to canvas.
The 'Continuum' exhibition marks an exciting return to form from one of the quiet achievers of the Australian art scene. Art lovers and collectors will be well rewarded by viewing the exhibition while it is on show.