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2018/36/1 Sculpture, 'Enlightenment', cotton webbing / timber cane / goose feathers / cotton and wool thread, designed and made by Grace Lillian Lee, Cairns, Australia, 2017. Image: Bangarra Dance Theatre dancer Luke Currie Richardson modelling Grace Lillian Lee's Enlightenment.. Click to enlarge.

‘Enlightenment’ body sculpture 2017 by Grace Lillian Lee (Modellled by Bangarra Dance Theatre dancer Luke Currie Richardson)

Made 2017

Grace Lillian Lee (born 1988) is a multicultural artist, a descendant of the Meriam Mer people born and based in Cairns, who draws inspiration from her indigenous heritage. She studied honours in fashion at RMIT and works closely with Australian Indigenous communities and art centres to foster their creative expression and cultural identity through fashion performances.

Lee’s body sculpture incorporates the ‘Grasshopper weaving’ technique distinguished in the children’s toys and hanging orname...

Summary

Object No.

2018/36/1

Object Statement

Sculpture, 'Enlightenment', cotton webbing / timber cane / goose feathers / cotton and wool thread, designed and made by Grace Lillian Lee, Cairns, Australia, 2017. Image: Bangarra Dance Theatre dancer Luke Currie Richardson modelling Grace Lillian Lee's Enlightenment.

Physical Description

Sculpture comprising a torso made of intricately woven white cotton webbing and wool thread with goose feather decoration on a timber cane support. The sculpture is accompanied by a perspex mount. Image: Bangarra Dance Theatre dancer Luke Currie Richardson modelling Grace Lillian Lee Enlightenment.

Dimensions

Width

500 mm

Depth

345 mm

History

Notes

This particular work is based on an earlier piece by Lee titled 'White: Enlightenment', which was made for the Cairns Regional Gallery in 2016.

Grace Lillian Lee is a multicultural artist and descendant of the Meriam Mer people of the Eastern Islands of the Torres Strait.

After graduating from a fashion design course at RMIT in 2010, Lee established a millinery business. In 2013 she was invited to present at the Cairns International Art Fair and since curated three parades designed to showcase the work of emerging Indigenous craft and textile artists.

Lee is passionate about fostering an outlet for Torres Strait Islander and Indigenous Australian youth to harness their creativity and explore their cultural artistry and heritage in a contemporary setting. Speaking about her mentoring role, Lee said 'it's so rewarding seeing Indigenous youth experimenting in a space they wouldn't normally have access to in their traditional communities. It frees up their creativity in new ways and provides a gateway and the inspiration to travel outside of their communities, bringing their craft and philosophies into contemporary culture.' http://designonline.org.au/nature-and-beyond-the-artistic-fashion-of-grace-lillian-lee/

Source

Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the Yasuko Myer Bequest, 2018

Acquisition Date

6 April 2018

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Enlightenment' body sculpture 2017 by Grace Lillian Lee (Modellled by Bangarra Dance Theatre dancer Luke Currie Richardson) 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 August 2019, <https://ma.as/559593>

Wikipedia

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