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date: 19 October 2019

Lynn, Vivianlocked

(b Wellington, NZ, Nov 30, 1931).
  • Robert Leonard

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(b Wellington, NZ, Nov 30, 1931).

New Zealand sculptor and printmaker. She was one of the most technically and stylistically diverse of the feminist artists to emerge in New Zealand in the 1970s. In such works as her screenprinted Playground series (1975; Wellington, Mus. NZ, Te Papa Tongarewa) she was concerned to show how women’s identities have been constructed by cultural forces. In exploring how attitudes to women are rooted historically, culturally and psychologically, she drew her imagery from throughout history and from various cultures. In the 1980s much of her work used hair as a medium because of its association with femininity and sexuality. For instance, her Guardian Gates (1982; Wellington, Mus. NZ, Te Papa Tongarewa) is a cycle of seven metal cyclone gates dressed with hair; and in a temporary installation called Stain (1984) a carpet woven from hair and resembling dried trickles of blood was placed on the steps of a cathedral in Dunedin to protest against the Church’s suppression of women....

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