ARTISTS | Ngaio Lenz
Ngaio Lenz is a Queensland born artist, whose work reflects nostalgia for the discarded and a reflection of the past lives of found object.
Informed by the natural processes of weather, time, cause and effect, Ngaio Lenz’s work celebrates the beauty of a well-worn surface and an aesthetic of imperfection. Her these works are developed as visceral responses to her environment, ambiguous organic forms emerge from a play on negative and positive space; balancing, teetering, barely touching yet allowing tension between the shapes. The varied materials Lenz uses are subjected to layering, peeling, scraping, scratching, heat and abrasion, in a similar way in which the earth’s surface is exposed to the elements of fire, wind and water. Lenz’s process is equally accidental and purposeful, intuitive and thoughtful. As paint is applied, then scratched and scraped back, a narrative is generated and a layering of history is revealed.