These works by Lynne Flemons were developed during August 2017 when she was an artist-in-residence at Serlachius Museum, Mantta-Vilppula, Finland. They are inspired by the pristine forests of the region that are moist underfoot, and covered with fungi, mosses and lichens in an array of rich earthy colours reminiscent of a fairy-tale wonderland. The inspiration for the work came from walks taken at Elamanmaki Conservation area and Taidekierros where Lynne took photos of the forest floor from which she developed these acrylic paintings. The lake-land paintings in watercolour and acrylic were undertaken on fine days at the edge of the lake in the grounds of the museum.
Though the Finnish forests differ greatly from those of South-eastern Australia where she has spent much of her life, Lynne found the people of Finland share a common concern with Australians about the effect global warming is having on the natural environment. They are worried about the long-term viability of fragile ecosystems that comprise their forests and lakes, and are keen to use every vehicle, including art, to get this message out.
Lynne Flemons’ work is held in private, national and international collections including the National Gallery of Australia. She completed her Master of Philosophy (Visual Arts) at the Australian National University in 2015 and the following year was selected as a visiting fellow at The Ballinglen Foundation, County Mayo, Ireland and then at the Serlachius Museum. Over the past 20 years she has been chosen for international and national residency programs and has been selected as a finalist in significant art prizes including the Calleen Art Award. She regularly presents her work in solo and group exhibitions.