Suzi Lyon – Into Blue
Two extreme and somewhat paradoxical environments are brought together in Into Blue.
Araluen's gallery space becomes cool refuge from the intensity of the desert summer as Suzi Lyon's field recordings of iceberg melt and glacial carving accompany video work, large-scale ink drawings and photography of the Arctic's mountainous and heavily glaciated Svalbard Archipelago. But the reprieve falls away as Lyon presents an environment omnipotent and wild, yet extremely fragile.
Into Blue was developed over several visits to the Arctic, including Lyon's recent The Arctic Circle expeditionary artist residency "sailing aboard a tall ship, close to the North Pole in the company of 27 other artists, 3 Amazonian armed guards, a grumpy Captain, a very capable crew and a husky dog".
Lyon renders the beauty and wildness of the Arctic region and the life it preserves, but also its extreme vulnerability as glaciers recede and climate patterns shift.
Amongst the cold of Into Blue, how the decisions we make and the way we live affect this and other regions, even from remote geographical and psychological distances, is brought into focus.
Feature Image: Suzi Lyon, The king and I (detail), 2010, digital print on rag paper, 80 x 120 cm
Image: Suzi Lyon, Through a glass darkly, 2014, type - C print, 80 x 60 cm