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Vivian Lynn : New Zealand Artist

Vivian Lynn began her career as a painter but by 1968 abandoned oil paint on canvas to embark on series of works using diverse materials and technologies. By 1973 she had developed the conceptual practice she is known for which incorporate hair and industrial materials.

For many years Lynn used the morphology of the human body in her work by juxtaposing its charged sites of hair, skin and brain with correspondences in architecture such as steps, gates, doors, columns, factory, cathedral and house. She says, "Our bodies are mediated by cultural codes, my interest is in dislocating and transgressing these codes in ways that makes them tangible."