BIO / ARTIST STATEMENT
Lynne is a contemporary artist, writer and theorist, based on the use of sound, video, text, photography, drawing, mixed media, printmaking and installation she engages in questions regarding society, humanity, politics and cultural agency. As an interdisciplinary artist her artworks and writing engage with contemporary and historic experiments in socio-political aesthetics. Currently Lynne works between New York City, and Berlin, Germany.
Lynne has won numerous arts fellowships in New York for drawing through the National Gallery Art and Museum School, in Venice, Italy for printmaking and most recently for a film project based in Berlin through the Berlin Collective and kulturspace. Her artwork, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, film and video have been exhibited in New York, NY, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany and L’Isle D’Abeau France.
Born and raised in Queens, New York City has been a major inspiration for most of my projects. New York exemplifies the idea of the multicultural and multi-dimensional metropolis. Life experience has given me a sense of internal Diaspora. I am not directly rooted to one space but rather rooted to the consistent chaos and change of contemporary ideas and culture blending with history. For my life as an artist, the constant influx of changing immigrant and international culture, the visual as life and as lived experience, has been a crucial learning experience. As a young American living under the influence of media and technology as the center of ‘culture’, I believe that we now live in a society defined by what Jean Baudrillard called ‘hyperreality’ or ‘simulacra’. In a time when visual culture and images are so influential and readily accessed, it is essential to explore and understand how they work as symbolic production.
After receiving her BFA, Lynne began working as the personal archivist for the New Realist artist Arman at his home and studio in Tribeca, Manhattan. Following this she became the personal assistant to the CEO for Activision games. A year later Lynne returned to school to receive permanent licensing and certification as an art teacher in New York and New Jersey. Lynne has worked as a full time art teacher in the New York City public school system and then as full time and adjunct lecturer and professor of art and art education at both Kean and William Paterson University in New Jersey.
Aside from solely focusing on creating and exhibiting her own art, she is currently employed with a small non-profit organization, NYCTS, involved in community programming within underserved and high risk areas of Brooklyn and Queens, New York. NYCTS focuses upon child/senior pedestrian and community safety programming, empowering particpants through the incorporation of projects in the visual arts. Lynne has completed various arts education and community art programs and projects in New York, USA, Berlin, Germany as well as Lyon/L Isle D Abeau, France (please see community projects section for videos and more information).