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Ida Lawrence is a visual artist who weaves stories through her art and education projects. Her narrative paintings, which combine text and image, are informed by research and personal experiences between Australia and Indonesia. In projects she calls ‘Fabricated Histories’, she brings fictions to life through installation, painting, text, photography, curation and collaboration.

Ida graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the Sydney art school situated in an old gaol, and received First Class Honours in Sculpture at the one in a former mental asylum. She is usually based in Sydney, though between 2010-2013 was based in Indonesia while also studying dance at the Indonesian Arts Institute, Yogyakarta. Ida has held solo exhibitions in Japan, Indonesia and Australia and her work has been included in group exhibitions such as The 15th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2012), Sculpture By The Sea, Sydney (2013) and looking here looking north at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney (2019). She has been an artist in residence in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sydney and her practice has included working collaboratively with visual artists, writers, musicians, actors, film makers and dancers. Sometimes she works in performance, and sometimes she takes commissions. Ida is also a member of Woven Kolektif, a group of Australian artists with personal ties to Indonesia.






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