Taryn Lee-Steere’s exhibition features small-scale sculptures and relief work that engage on an intimate level with the aftermath of loss. Produced during a period of reflection on the processes of grief, these hand-carved, polished and fused sculptures are the physical materialisation of complex emotional terrain. As Lee-Steere notes, ‘While the underlying concepts of these works are the reflection and understanding surrounding death and loss, the main objective was to create tangible organic and lush objects. Pieces of beauty and preciousness that fight against melancholy.’
It is bad luck to die features thirty of Lee-Steere’s small porcelain ‘heartbones’ (pictured): ‘Constructs for an organ that, while it has no bones, surely breaks easily and hard. Historically the heart has symbolised all things to do with love and emotion. The first organ to get ‘broken’ when loss occurs. Ironically it has no structural bones to support it.’ These delicate forms are carved in a process of pure subtraction from different types of earthernware clay, including the romantically named ‘Southern Ice’. The heartbones are exhibited alongside a series of encaustics, in which multiple layers of natural bees wax and petroleum-based microcrystalline wax have been brushed and fused to create multiple layers, as well as a number of polished styrofoam relief works – a continuation of her previously exhibited series ‘Snow and Milk’.
Taryn Lee-Steere is a multi media visual artist and sculptor. Originally from Western Australia she has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows both in Perth and Melbourne. Her most recent solo exhibition was ‘Fresh snow and milk’ at The Counihan Gallery in Brunswick. Her work is held in collections around Australia.