Museum of Brisbane

Lincoln Austin: Topography – place writing

  • 27 Feb 2018 - 21 May 2018
  • Exhibition now closed

Lincoln Austin’s sculptural and multi-media works playfully explore the poetics of geometry, pattern, optics and scale. Created while the Museum’s artist-in-residence, Lincoln’s exhibition, Topography – place writing, references Brisbane’s unique sub-tropical architecture and landscape.

Lincoln Austin: Topography - place writing

Lincoln Austin was Museum of Brisbane’s Artist-in-Residence from 5 – 27  February. During his residency he created 10 sculptural works using flyscreen to playfully explore the idiosyncratic elements of Brisbane’s subtropical architecture, an architecture influenced and shaped by the unique conditions of the city, its weather, and its landscape.

Lincoln writes “From colonial to contemporary, the architecture of Brisbane has developed to keep the heat out but let the air in. From the garden, through screening and shading, across deep eaves and wide verandas, this is an architecture of permeability, filtering the outside world on its way through these layers. The choice of an ephemeral, architectural material for realising these works reflects this permeability and generates hazy optical effects akin to memories. The places we inhabit become repositories of memory. Layers of the remembered accumulate around the spaces in which we live our lives. In time, memories laid down stratify to form a mental landscape, a topography, mapping our journey to here.”

Lincoln’s sculptural and multi-media works playfully explore the poetics of geometry, pattern, optics and scale. For more than a decade his public artworks have been part of Brisbane’s evolving urban landscape with key works in Burnett Lane, The University of Queensland, South Brisbane, the Mater and Prince Charles hospitals, the Go-Between bridge, shopping centres, hotels and homes.

His arts practice focuses on creating works that interact with, question, and explore his world. Many of his works use varied materials and techniques to explore the idea of perception and its effects on interaction and understanding, changing as the viewer moves. The resulting artworks are diverse in material, delicacy, and scale but all share this common intention.

Museum of Brisbane’s Artist-in-Residence was launched in June 2017 and is a month-long residency, followed by an exhibition, open to artists and creatives from all disciplines.

To find out more about the program or how to apply, visit our information page.

Museum of Brisbane’s Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by Mr Tim Fairfax AC and donors.

Artist Lincoln Austin at work during his residency at Museum of Brisbane. Photo: Michelle Xen

Previous Artists-in-Residence

Arryn Snowball

Arryn was in residence at the Museum in November 2017 and his stunning final work Mammoth will be on display until 25 February.

He is a multidisciplinary artist whose paintings and new media works often begin as meditations on simple phenomena such as sheets blowing in the wind or steam rising from a kettle. Mammoth was  inspired by the words of Brisbane poet Nathan Shepherdson and during his residency he drew on their 10 year dialogue and explored text as the subject and basis of his painting practice.

Mammoth features text abstracted into a series of shapes, broken patterns and rhythms and is new territory for Snowball’s practice.

Arryn has a Doctorate of Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art, where he taught painting from 2005-2012. He has been awarded the Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship, from the Queensland Art Gallery (2004), a year in residence at the Tokyo National School of Art and Music (2008), the Australia Council’s residency in Rome (2013). His work has been included in group exhibitions in Australia, Europe and Japan. Arryn currently divides his time between Australia and Berlin.


Yannick Blattner

Yannick was in residence at the Museum in August/September 2017 to create a new installation Stay til the sun sets.

Stay till the sun sets is a body of work that highlights Yannick’s spreading interests in Queensland’s subtropical culture. Familiar motifs, repeated patterns and cultural references are explored with humour and satire through modified objects and painting. The work examines a climate that is simultaneously idyllic and unforgiving, focusing on the temporal and phenomenological experiences and rituals of sub-tropical living. He assesses the imagery and symbols of leisure items to analyse how they interpret larger cultural norms and social dynamics. Playing a game of function versus form, and culture as commodity, the work has resulted in sincere critique on the never-ending routines of subtropical weather.

Yannick’s multi-disciplinary practice spans sculpture, installation, performance, video and painting. A graduate of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2014, he has exhibited locally and nationally, and has been a finalist in both the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize (2015) and the Gold Coast Art Prize (2015).

Elysha Rei

Elysha was in residence at the Museum in June 2017 to create a new installation work in her practice of paper-cutting – a practice which is inspired by her mixed Japanese-Australian heritage.

Elysha Rei is a Japanese-Australian visual artist whose work draws upon her mixed heritage and transition between places, cultures and communities. With a curiosity to examine her identity within a Japanese aesthetic, Elysha’s work uses symbolic animals, plants and patterns. By placing these natural elements within new environments, she aims to question notions of ‘tradition’ and attachment to ‘place’, creating visual interpretations of her experienced cultural hybridity.


Find out more about Museum of Brisbane's Artist-in-Residence program

Visit the Artist-in-Residence information page.