A Quiet Interrupted Art Life

Celebrates over 35 years of arts practice by dedicated artist, environmentalist and teacher Peggy Lyon (1945-2017). Through her unflinching curiosity and indefatigable spirit of enquiry for materials and techniques, Peggy quietly built up a stunning range of works, many of which are held in private and public collections. Never previously shown as an autonomous body of work.

Art Exhibition previously on at Mundaring Arts Centre in Other Metro Perth precinct, Western Australia, Australia.
From Saturday 21 October 2017 to Sunday 19 November 2017
Launch Friday 20 October 2017, 7-8.30pm

Someone Elses Family 7, 2009 image Event 5, 2008 image Home Theatre, 3 image

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Mundaring Arts Centre is proud to present this survey of Peggy’s work curated by Sue Starcken and Catherine Swioklo, from 21 October to 19 November 2017.

“This work is about the possibility of connection to place and belonging. It is not at all interested in an heroic or monumental approach to the human in the landscape rather, it alludes to the local, potentially intimate associations that help to form identity and a sense of belonging somewhere.” – Peggy Lyon, extract from Artists Statement for ‘Boy’, 2013

Peggy’s works talk as much about her life as they do the underlying stimulus for her art. An energetic and passionate practitioner, Peggy consistently explored new ideas and new media. She embodied the spirit of community art by pushing conceptual boundaries, communicating ideas and instigating dialogue around contemporary cultural, political and environmental concerns.

Of her childhood, Peggy remembered it as quiet and unhurried, “…I am left with the impression that there was plenty of time to do whatever I wanted.” As far back as she could remember her mother was always drawing, and so was she. Always relishing the opportunity to absorb whatever knowledge came her way, her love of learning and passing on of skills led Peg to become an educator. At age 34 Peggy enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Art Education and later completed a thesis, “The Meaning of Craft in Contemporary Society”. She went on to work as the Art Specialist at Falls Road and Mount Helena Primary Schools, whilst studying printmaking and ceramics part-time at Central TAFE.

In 2000, Peggy joined the West Australian Fibre and Textiles Association (WAFTA), where she was able to fully realize her love of cloth and conversation, using every unconventional textile method to create her vision. This experimentation led Peg, at age 57, to immerse herself in Arts study through Swan TAFE (now North Metropolitan TAFE), completing her Advanced Diploma in Environmental Art and Design.

“On and off for much of my life I had been studying, teaching or practicing art and really never quite thought I had a grasp of what it was, but over time during this (Swan TAFE) course… I felt I was beginning to understand what art might be… that curious mixture of the personal and cultural at a particular moment in time.”- Peggy Lyon, 2016

During this time, Peggy regularly exhibited her work in significant group exhibitions and undertook community projects, becoming an indispensable member of the Mundaring Arts Centre. Best known for her drawings and textile works, her artworks are proudly hanging in the Shire of Mundaring Art Collection and private collections around the world.

Peggy Lyon was an artist of exceptional conceptual and technical talent. Her works utilise a diversity of mediums and talk about our connections to place, family and belonging; her love of the Perth Hills and her concern and affinity for the natural environment. An artist of enormous sensibility, Peggy was an extraordinary supporter of the arts, as a teacher, curator and someone who was always willing to share her skills with her community.

To support ABOUT TURN: A Quiet Interrupted Art Life, artists Denise Brown, Peter Dailey, Stuart Elliott, Beverley Iles, David Small, Sue Starcken, Catherine Swioklo and Patricia Tarrant have generously donated artworks for silent auction throughout the exhibition. Funds raised will go towards the presentation of this exhibition which has been made possible due to the unfailing support and respect for Peggy held throughout her community.