Lily Ma

My art practice seeks to make the invisible visible. Using layers applied translucently, I play with the relationship between the figure and the ground. As such, the figures suggest a lack of gravity or permanence. In my paintings, those who are dejected in society, easily overlooked or unrepresented, appear as ethereal traces reflecting the vulnerability and transience of their condition. The supports I use are sourced from the street. Panels lying by the road left abandoned are relics of experience stained with memory. These decaying everyday materials reflect my experience of the urban Australian landscape. I embellish their surfaces through the process of staining forms. In this way I suggest the hidden realms within society.

Trapped in the Background (detail) 2017 installation of mixed media on wood

Trapped in the Background (detail) 2017 installation of mixed media on wood

Trapped in the Background (detail) 2017 installation of mixed media on wood