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Ida Lawrence is a visual artist based in Sydney who weaves ‘real’ and fictional narratives through her art, education and curated projects. Her narrative paintings, which combine text and image, explore themes of connection, understanding, generosity and preconception and are informed by research, personal experiences and observations, predominantly 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 artschool 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) and Sculpture By The Sea, Sydney, Australia (2013). She has been an artist in residence in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and exotic Leichhardt, 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 collective of Australian artists with personal ties to Indonesia. And lastly, she delights in writing fictional biographies. 

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