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b. 1965, Australia

Linde Ivimey Biography

Linde Ivimey is an Australian contemporary artist known for her figural sculptures made largely of woven fibre, steel armatures, dyed cotton, and animal parts, and depicting human-animal hybrids (animal heads on clothed human bodies). Rather than referencing folktales, myths, and legends, these imposing figures with strong popular appeal sometimes reference Antarctic explorers and scientists—incorporating equipment like sledges and furniture—or the artist's own life.

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Most of Ivimey's utilised elements come from recycled waste and include remnants from animals she has cooked and eaten. The humanlike creatures allude to many narratives and character types, and are often autobiographical in their references to the artist's cancer, depression, divorce, and childhood. They oscillate between the cute and the scary, and the sweet and the terrifying, in both cases having strong emotional impact and being hard to ignore. Constructing these freestanding narrative and surreal sculptures involves considerable manual dexterity with regards to sewing, carving, weaving, casting, taxidermy, and wax manipulation while often focussing on personal, diaristic content.

With an interest in body parts such as bones, feathers, teeth, fur, and skin, Ivimey has said that as a child she wanted to be a doctor. Her parents were Catholic and so she also became very interested in the stories linked to different saints, and the connected tales of bodily suffering. This interest segued into a curiosity with regards to Antarctic exploration, developed during a trip she made in 2011 to commemorate Douglas Mawson.

Ivimey received her tertiary fine arts education at the Claremont School of Art in Perth in the early 1990s, studying sculpture and printmaking and then teaching there and at the West Australian School of Art up to the late 1990s. She first achieved an enthusiastic public response for her practice after she was invited to do a solo show in the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne in 2003. This led to a succession of dealer gallery shows at Martin Browne Contemporary (Sydney), Gould Galleries (Melbourne) and—later on—Jan Murphy Gallery (Brisbane).

Ivimey's recent group exhibitions include So Fine—Contemporary women artists make Australian history, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (2018); The Gift: Artefacts and Arrivals, Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra (2018); I Prefer Life: works from the Reydan Weiss collection, Weserburg, Bremen (2016); Discerning Judgment, Supreme Court Library Queensland, Brisbane (2015). The artist has received a great deal of institutional recognition, and is included in collections such as those of the National Gallery of Victoria; University of Queensland Art Museum; National Gallery of Australia; Newcastle Art Gallery; and the Holmes à Court Collection. Her accolades include the Creative Design Award, City of Perth and Challenge Bank; Gomboc Sculpture Award; Design Award, AIDS Council of Western Australia; and the Friends of Dorothy Award for Sculpture.

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Linde Ivimey Featured Artworks

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Vector by Linde Ivimey contemporary artwork
Linde IvimeyVector, 2021Steel armature, acrylic resin, fibre, earth, human hair, sheep, bird and snake bones, dyed and natural viscera, gems
34 x 21 x 32 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Dearest by Linde Ivimey contemporary artwork
Linde IvimeyDearest, 2021Steel armature, acrylic resin, dyed cotton, cast and natural horse, bird and racoon penis bones, rabbit fur, seaweed, natural fibre, twigs and black onyx
45 x 25 x 19 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Zucca by Linde Ivimey contemporary artwork
Linde IvimeyZucca, 2021Steel armature, natural and cast bird & snake bones, dyed cotton, suede leather, natural fibre, wine collars, teeth
32 x 46 x 31 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Hellion by Linde Ivimey contemporary artwork
Linde IvimeyHellion, 2021armature, acrylic resin, natural and cast bird and goat bones, dyed cotton, treated feathers dyes and natural viscera, human hair
59 x 30 x 23 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Genesius's last bow by Linde Ivimey contemporary artwork
Linde IvimeyGenesius's last bow, 2021Acrylic resin, viscera and onyx
28 x 30 x 30 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
The unkindness of ravens by Linde Ivimey contemporary artwork
Linde IvimeyThe unkindness of ravens, 2021Acrylic resin, viscera and onyx
28 x 30 x 30 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
1.5 Apart-Together by Linde Ivimey contemporary artwork
Linde Ivimey1.5 Apart-Together, 2021Mixed media
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Walrus by Linde Ivimey contemporary artwork
Linde IvimeyWalrus, 2017Steel armature, cast iron, aluminium, dyed and stitched fabric, cork and wood
11 x 18 x 24 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire

Linde Ivimey Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Linde Ivimey, Dearest at Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
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1–25 April 2021 Linde Ivimey Dearest Martin Browne ContemporarySydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Linde Ivimey, Women to Winter at Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
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7 February–3 March 2019 Linde Ivimey Women to Winter Martin Browne ContemporarySydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Winter Group Exhibition, Fantasy at Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
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28 June–22 July 2018 Winter Group Exhibition Fantasy Martin Browne ContemporarySydney

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Sarah Contos and Linde Ivimey Related Press Sarah Contos and Linde Ivimey 26 May 2017, EyeContact

Traipsing around the dealer galleries of Sydney's Darlinghurst is a pleasant enough pastime among the terraced Victorian houses with their wrought ironwork in their prospect of tropical foliage and rainbow flags. Two shows in particular stayed with me, not least because they counterpointed each other in orbit around a common centre. That centre is...

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