lyn pool


Opening 8 September
Tuesday to Sunday, 11AM > 4PM

Linden New Art is thrilled to present Nest, an exhibition of new work by St. Kilda-based artist Lyn Pool. Presenting a series of collages combining photographs of nests with found strips of text, Nest sees Pool craftily harness the figure of the nest as a means of addressing the ongoing ecological crisis.

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IMAGE > [Top] Lyn Pool, Climate change is not a dirty word [detail], 2022, mixed media. Image courtesy of the artist.
IMAGE > Lyn Pool, Seed bank [detail], 2022, mixed media.
Image courtesy of the artist.

IMAGE > Lyn Pool, Foxtror, 2022, mixed media. Image courtesy of the artist.

As a symbol, the nest harbours dual associations. Nests are delicate, carrying with it the threat of instability. At the same time however, nests are hopeful, promising fertility and regeneration. For Pool, it is this complexity that makes the nest an ideal emblem for connecting present concerns with an optimistic future. Against photographs of animals, flora, domestic scenes and human-made constructions, Pool assembles nests carefully woven from ribbons of shredded paper from books, magazines, atlases, dictionaries and articles related to issues facing the Australian environment.

The ‘Nest’ represents conflicting emotion: at one end, promise, new life, and refuge; and at the other end of the spectrum, displacement, emptiness and loss. Yet ‘Nest’ can also convey beauty, fragility, industry and ingenuity. My intention is to entice viewers into a contemporary dialogue, one that is positioned at the intersection of humanity, nature and degradation. Ultimately, ‘Nest’ has potential to provoke action.

Lyn Pool, 2022

LYN POOL is a mid-career artist based in Melbourne practicing across photography and collage. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Prahran Collage in 1991, Pool’s work has been exhibited extensively across both Australia and overseas. Her solo exhibitions include Housebound (2004), a visual diary of motherhood told through abstract architectural interiors; Turning 5 (2006), a memory portal into childhood milestones; The Sands of Windee (2017), an exposé into the Australian landscape through the lens of a fictitious Indigenous police detective; and Tessellated Pavements (2014), a statement on colonial intervention and Pool’s first creative exploration with collage.

IMAGE > Lyn Pool at Linden New Art, 2022. Photograph: Shelley Xue.
IMAGE > [above] Lyn Pool, After the Black Summer:
Wonboyn Lake, Nadgee Nature Reserve
[detail], 2022, mixed media. Image courtesy of the artist.