Lisa Young’s eclectic practice spans sculpture, installation, drawing and painting, and derives from her interest in the decorative arts, architecture and interior display. For over two decades, hybrid domestic rooms and sculptural forms that reference interiors and furniture have featured in her work. Recently, this interest has manifest in an ongoing project ‘Host Thing’ thorough which she seeks to reveal an architectural vernacular that is at once familiar yet strange; an exploration of collective and unconscious histories. These projects, which emerge out of specific social/political/economic contexts and sites, devolve into a more imaginative realm, with sculptural forms creating a visual conversation between both the architectures and the cultural aspirations of the spaces in which they are sited. Other recent suites of work have included finely detailed architectural drawings that Young has presented alongside more broadly abstracted mark making gestures in order to develop a vocabulary that might incorporate a range of image making tropes. The inspiration for her work continues to be sourced from a number of traditions: from lithography to Inuit drawing to the psychotropic art of the 1960s and, like a cluttered wardrobe, everything is kept. Young’s installation techniques continue her interest in collisional aesthetics, display and presentation; for example by utilising sculptural interpretations of a space via the classic ‘salon’ or Petersburg hang.
LISA YOUNG completed a Master of Arts (Fine Art) at RMIT University in 2003. Selected solo exhibitions include at Geelong Gallery (2015), Sarah Scout Presents (2012 and 2014), Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (2005); RMIT Gallery (2003); and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2000). Recent group exhibitions include Strangefellows (with Claire Lambe), Wyndham Art Gallery (2015) and WestSpace, Melbourne (2013); and The Monk’s Parlour (with Claire Lambe and Callum Perry) The Alderman, Brunswick (2010). She has completed major public art commissions including Foyer, Crown Towers (2008); Island Wave, City of Melbourne, (2003); and Curlicue, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (2002), and has been the recipient of Australia Council grants in 1999 and 2002. Young actively supports artists through the hosting of various projects and exhibitions in the gallery space located above The Alderman in Brunswick. These projects have included Death Be Kind (2009–11) and Incidents Above a Bar (2014–15), an extensive series of exhibitions organised by Lisa Young and Steven Rendall, that engage and critique current painting practices.