Dana Lawrie is a Brisbane-based visual artist. Her practice explores themes of permanence/impermanence through self-portraiture. Exploiting the subtleties of paint, her works play the material’s ability to imbue the sense of immediacy—of bodily touch or trace—against connotations of ‘archival’ and ‘ever lasting’ painted artwork. Dana’s recent work has been increasingly informed by the repetition and transformation found within painting processes and how the act of painting places the artist relative to ‘time’ and in turn, ‘duration’. The works developed as part of Dispatch use photosensitive, flower-based ink that Dana has made based on the principles of anthotype photography. Allowing the exposure of non-lightfast ink in the window space and its gradual fading to speak of her own bodily impermanence.
Dana is a recent honours graduate of Queensland College of Art, and was a recent finalist of The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Sunshine Coast Art Prize and was featured in Test Pattern 2012 at Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane.