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Kasia Lynch
Born in Warrnambool, 1977
Lives and works in Melbourne
info[at]kasialynch.com
http://www.kasialynch.com

Kasia Lynch is a Melbourne based artist who reflects through art practice a deep curiosity and interest in the creative potential for bodies, objects and space to exchange and transform energy. Making spiritualised and often fetishised sculpture, installation, and experiential site responsive works, Kasia seeks out instances that allow her to delve into the psychic spaces found in states of flow, chance encounters and unique material relationships. She looks for the unseen beyond that which is known and then aims to amplify it.

Most recently in her practice Kasia has specialised in developing artworks and public projects that invite audiences into a participatory experiential encounter. In 2014 she collaborated with Melbourne sound artist Jordan Lacey to present a self-led sound and sculpture walk of the Abbotsford Convent Main Building, titled ‘Mediumistic‘. The project was based on a series of energy readings she commissioned on the site. This work was part-funded by the ACF’s Spiritus Funding Initiative and the result was a sophisticated and successful public art outcome experienced by over 3000 visitors to the Convent site. ‘Mediumistic’ has been Kasia’s most ambitious work to date in it’s aim to combine sculpture, sound, new media technology with intuitive audience participation.

Kasia is an active contributor and supporter of arts and culture in Australia. She has exhibited widely in Melbourne as well as interstate and her work has appeared in numerous national art prizes including The Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture (2016 finalist), The Linden Art Prize (2014 finalist), the Clayton Utz Art Prize (2014 and 2011 finalist), ‘The Churchie’ National Emerging Art Prize (2013 finalist) and the Linden Gallery Postcard Prize (2012 recipient). During her undergraduate Fine Arts degree at RMIT Kasia received a Cheung Kong Endeavour award from DEST which saw her participate in an artist-in-residence exchange program where she lived and worked at East China Normal University, Shanghai for 12 weeks.

Kasia is a Next Wave Festival Alumni, a contributing artist to the Nati Frinj Biennale, a student mentor and in 2015 she held a short-term contract role as Gallery Manager at Melbourne’s Grey Gardens Projects, a multi-purpose arts venue that programmed a range of exhibitions, cinema events and panel discussions.
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CV

Education
2013
Master of Arts Research, RMIT University, Victoria, AU
2007
Bachelor of Fine Arts Sculpture (First Class Honours), RMIT University, Melbourne, AU
1999
Adv. Diploma of Electronic Design & Interactive Media, RMIT University, Melbourne, AU
1997
Diploma of Visual Arts, RMIT TAFE, Melbourne, AU                                                           

Selected group exhibitions
2016
Touch This, curated by MARS Gallery, private exhibition in the home of philanthropist Liz Gilles, Melbourne, AU
Art Trail, Open Spaces, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, AU
Kodak Summer Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, AU
2015
Spaces that bind us, curated by Alison Eggleton, Nati Frinj Biennale, Natimuk, AU
2014

Dance and Death, curated by Holly Durant with Supple Fox, Grant Street, Melbourne, AU
2013
The Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Site 29, Edegely, collaboration with artist Rosa Tato, Melbourne, AU
Doing Impressions, Conduit Arts, Melbourne, AU, curated by Kasia Lynch
Drawing Out Symposium, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, AU
2012
Commune, Construct, Convey, Conduit Arts, Melbourne, AU
2011
Paradise Lost, Strange Wolf Basement, Melbourne, AU
Kodak Summer Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, AU
Flag Lifting, Nine on Seven Artspace, Melbourne, AU
Inter-location Project, Thousand Pound Bend, Melbourne, AU
2010
Sports Club Project 2: The Arena, curated by Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, AU
2007
RMIT Sculpture Honours Exhibition, Dantes Upstairs Gallery, Melbourne, AU
Cheung Kong Awardees Exhibition: Kasia Lynch and Rosa Tato, RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne, AU
2005
Two Point Two, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, AU

Solo exhibitions
2016
Rebel or Excel, Little Ironing Room, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, AU
2015

Spirit Trumpet, MARS Gallery, Windsor, Melbourne, AU
2014
Mediumistic: experiential sound and sculpture walk, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, AU
2011
Exhausting objects 01, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, AU
2005
Ornamental Abominations, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, AU

Awards, prizes, funding
2016

Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture – Finalist
2014
Clayton Utz Launch Art Award – Finalist
FECK Art Prize – Finalist
Abbotsford Convent Foundation ‘Spiritous’ funding – Recipient
The Linden Art Prize – Finalist
2013

‘The Churchie’ National Emerging Art Prize – Finalist
2012
Visualising Human Rights Art Showcase – Finalist
Linden Gallery Postcard Prize Award – Recipient
BSG Picture This Prize – Merit Award
2011
The Agendo Art Prize – Finalist
Clayton Utz Launch Art Award – Finalist
2006
Cheung Kong Endeavour Award – Recipient
The Baldessin Travelling Fellowship Sculpture Prize – Finalist

Residencies
2013

Studio Start-up Initiative, 12 month studio scholarship, Abbotsford Convent Foundation, Melbourne, AU
2012
Commune, Construct, Convey, Artist in Resident, Conduit Arts, Melbourne, AU
2006
Student Artist in Resident Programme, East China Normal University Shanghai, CN, awarded by DEST

Public Lectures
2012
Guest Presenter, Practice Research Symposium Series, RMIT School of Art & the Design Research Institute, Melbourne, AU
2010
Guest Presenter, Making Objects Personal. Directed by Prof. Robert Baines of RMIT School of Art & the Design Research Institute in conjunction with Craft Victoria, Melbourne, AU

Publications
2014

The Lifted Brow, #21,The Sex Issue, pg 38 and 50.

Selected Biography
Rainforth, D. Next Wave Risks All, Artlink, Vol 30 no 3
Griffin, M. Footy to get the boot at the MCG, The Age, April 13, 2010
Leung, Jeremy, Mediumistic: experiential sound and sculpture walk, Abbotsford Convent blog, May 10, 2014
Lacey, Jordan, Sonic Rupture: A Practice-led Approach to Urban Soundscape Design, 2016, Bloomsbury Academic, pg 128 – 131

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