Glynis Lee




Charles Darwin University, Australia


Born to ethnically Chinese parents in Innisfail, North Queensland, Glynis Lee's childhood provided an eclectic mixture of diverse cultural influences. Later, inspired by the North Queensland wilderness and international travel, Glynis became a keen nature photographer.

In 1994 she moved to Darwin and started a family. From 2000 her studies at Charles Darwin University (CDU), earned her a Certificate IV in Textile Design and Printing, an Associate Degree in Art and Design and a Bachelor of Visual Arts with first class Honours. 

Currently a PhD candidate, Glynis_s work has been exhibited in the Northern Territory and interstate. In 2007 her installation work was chosen for the national graduates exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.

Since undertaking an internship in 2006 she has worked as a printmaker at CDU's Northern Editions Workshop and this year began lecturing in printmaking at the university.

Glynis studied Mandarin language at CDU in 2008/9 and in 2010 won a four month research grant to study printmaking in China, during which she increasingly became interested in her Chinese heritage. This inspired her to quantify artistically the experience of the Chinese diaspora in Australia. This exploration of identity forms the underlying concept for her practice-based PhD.


Hybrid' Prints reflecting 'Hybrid' Identities


Increasingly in contemporary printmaking practice, traditional techniques are being combined with new media, traditional techniques from other cultures and non-traditional materials to make a wide variety of prints, some of which translate successfully to editioning work.  My artworks reflect my efforts to understand my Australian-Chinese identity and experiences as an editioning printmaker and contemporary artist by combining 'Eastern' and 'Western' printmaking techniques, imagery, colours and forms into unique sculptures and scrolls.  This paper details some of the processes in making and mastering these 'hybrid' prints and their links to 'hybrid', 'collaged' or multi-faceted cultural identities.  My recent practice-based research into the multitudinous identities of Australian-born Chinese has generated a number of creative explorations using various media, techniques and structural forms.  The ensuing 'hybrid' artworks have resulted from combinations of printmaking techniques or printmaking methods with other media in two-dimensional, three-dimensional or unusual forms.  Through my recent artwork I have utilised imagery and colour of the Australian and Chinese cultures to reflect the combination of cultures.  These artworks were my interpretations of the in-between spaces in which the two cultures meet and reflect the changing identities of Australian-born Chinese.  Individual identities often oscillate along a continuum of spaces between the Australian and Chinese cultures, and other cultures that one may be a part of, depending on individual circumstances and changing environments.  This premise can be applied to individuals of other cultural identities.  Innovation in contemporary art practice can be achieved through using both traditional and modern techniques, materials and concepts from a variety of cultures.  In the process of mastering one's craft, it is important to refine the techniques used in creating works of art.  It is equally important to retain a level of experimentation to expand and enhance these techniques to obtain new directions in contemporary art.


Wednesday 28 September


11:00am - 12.30pm





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