Lynne Roberts Goodwin, 2D_DYPTYCH_a change of plan 4+6_MORE THAN EVER series 2014
Lynne Roberts Goodwin
Lynne Roberts-Goodwin is an Australian-based artist, graduating from Fine Arts Degrees at the University of Sydney and National Art School/Alexander Mackie CAE/University of New South Wales and was awarded a Basil and Muriel Hooper Travelling Scholarship in 1979, gaining a postgraduate Master of Fine Art Degree from Medlock Fine Arts, Manchester University, UK in1980.
Awards and grants from research institutes and museums have enabled extensive projects India, America, Australia and United Arab Emirates, where she has documented cultural communities, endangered species and their habitats. The artist’s long-standing photographic-based practice has attracted Australia Council for the Arts New Work funding, nationally, in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2014, along with international and national grants conferred throughout her career.
Roberts-Goodwin's work invites the viewer to engage with unfamiliar contexts and global structures of environmental conflict and sites of impact. Regarding her 2014 exhibition More Than Ever, The Art Life commented: "Completely removed from a secular sentimentality or faux religiosity, Roberts-Goodwin's images are bracing observations of the world as it is, unadorned and beautiful in their simple majesty."
The artist's concern for historic and contemporary trade and migration routes has produced key exhibitions and published articles/reviews, particularly on several falconry and avian projects initially undertaken in the United Arab Emirates in 2002 and continuing into Central Eurasia, Kazakhstan, Iran, India, Mexico and western Siberia. Her long series of documentary photographs of contraband birds was described as "post-minimalist or post-conceptualist" art. Her large black and white panoramic photograph of a desolate nocturnal full-moon landscape, won the prestigious Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award in Australia in 2010 and the Hazelhurst Art Award in 2013.
CHANGING CULTURAL LANDSCAPES AND TERRITORIES: The works of Sydney-based artist Lynne Roberts-Goodwin centre on the pivotal foundations of landscape as a record and aftermath of human values and actions imposed over time coupled with extreme locations in terms of the geopolitical, remote topographical and culturally estranged. The artist’s work and research surrounding these underlying concepts inspects visual representations of landscapes and the human and animal body that appear as ‘other’ in more than one way and are centered within locations or through histories of contested sites or geopolitically contested remote or elevated topographical territories. Confronting representations from different parts of the globe, Roberts-Goodwin invites us to engage with unfamiliar contexts and global structures of environmental conflict and sites of impact. Relinquished landscapes produced in different temporal and spatial locales in light of each other are laid bare and investigated, scrutinized and visually represented as a mode of seeing and as a site of control and resistance, intertwined with social and economic power structures. Lynne Roberts-Goodwin’s photographic, video and sculptural installations can be
seen as an aftermath of the fragmentary and enigmatic qualities of the photographic document as a path to return afresh to what we think we know of the past, and how we think we know it through present engagement and dissemination. The artist, within her imagery, engages the oblique lens of spatial aesthetics; that is, the complex entanglements between local and global ideas of place.
Current projects engage with and speculate upon the contradictory imagining & imaging of disappearance and loss as carrier of perhaps our deepest and most culturally specific values, actions and consequences. These works intend to reverberate and articulate a hard-wired propensity for the adoration & representation of locations cited along key ancient trade routes and sites marked by environmental and geopolitical crisis, identified as estranging. It is within contested landscapes within the artist’s work and projects through which layers of geographic and geomorphic tableaus play out and within which narratives of migration, exile and the reverberation of aftermath are revealed. The artists’ work connects issues of confounding & evoking anxious forgetting, fading thoughts, reclamation & the poignant stillness & strangeness of unwritten bodies and vistas.
USA: ABERSON EXHIBIT Gallery: http://abersonexhibits.com/gallery
ITALY: Nuova Galleria Morone: http://www.nuovagalleriamorone.com