Lahn U-Holroyd / Artist
The human anatomy has always been the foundation of my work and creative process. My history in fashion design and current work as a soft tissue therapist and movement instructor have fostered my understanding of the three dimensional form into a two dimensional representation. I am often reminded that life can be simultaneously serious and joyful and as a result, I sometimes try to infuse these two states of being into my portrait and still life paintings.
I paint as a form of conscious meditation, as a tool for self reflection and for the pure joy of creation.
"Confinement 1 & 2"
Linden Postcard Show - 21st October 2016 to 29th January 2017
Linden Fine Art
26 Acland Street
St Kilda VIC 3182
Open Studio Group Show - 10th - 11th December 2016
The Art Room
125 Hyde St, Footscray 3011
"The Pho n Twenty Pie" - Solo show
17th February 2017 to 19th March 2017
Incinerator Gallery, Boadle Hall
180 Homes Road, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
Lahn’s family moved to Melbourne as refugees from Vietnam in 1979. The transition was tough and the loss of their country and lifestyle meant that her parents tried their best to instil their culture into their children’s lives. Lahn fought against it. She had already adopted the Australian lifestyle and spoke English better than Vietnamese. As an adult and a parent, she has come to understand the importance of embracing part of her parent’s traditions whilst continuing to develop her own hybrid customs. The thing that always transcended cultural barriers was food. It starts with food and ends with food.
Working with still life images of traditional Vietnamese food allows Lahn to investigate the cultural connections between her family’s history and her own contemporary life. Working with traditional painting techniques allows Lahn to reference traditional still life painting but subvert that by using less conventional subject matter.