Here I Lie by Lis Johnson

ARTIST NOTES: Cast in resin, a small figure wearing virtual reality goggles, lies on a cracked clay-pan landscape. The 'landscape'is cast from a mould of the underside of an actual elephant's foot (an upside-down footprint). This small wall-mounted sculpture is a memento of an installation of 283 turtles I created using my body weight in clay, which were arranged and left to dissolve on a tidal mud-flat in the Pilbara, West Australia, in September 2017, as part of the Vast Project.


DIMENSIONS (Height - 25.40 cm X Width - 20.32 cm )
MEDIUM ON BASE Resin on Other
GENRE Portrait
REGISTERED NRN # 000-39189-0135-01
COPYRIGHT © Lis Johnson
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Artist: Lis Johnson


I create 3-dimensional artworks at both ends of the scale spectrum: from monumental public statuary to intimate small-scale objects. I am often commissioned to create portraits and memorials, that require figurative skills, especially the ability to faithfully render human anatomy and likenesses, drapery, decorative and natural forms.

Original work is also mostly figurative, but sometimes ventures into the conceptual realm, including interactive and site-specific installations.

I’ve practiced sculpture professionally since 1990. Formally trained in art history, theory, research and practice in the 1980s, I proceeded to exhibit in numerous group, solo and selective exhibitions. A modeller and carver, I’ve been contracted to create three-dimensional artwork for architects, designers, other artists, museums and zoos, the display, theatre and film industries, and private clients, enabling me to become proficient with a wide range of traditional and contemporary materials and techniques.

I enjoy teaching sculpture, especially assisting other artists with specific projects, and have experience teaching, giving talks and running workshops in the primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors.

I’ve been awarded some significant public art commissions including the Illawarra Coalmining Memorial, St George Illawarra Centenary Rugby League Sculpture, the Vietnam War Memorial in Victoria, and recently, five 150% life-sized bronze statues of sports heroes on the Avenue of Legends at the MCG, and the new Rod Laver sculpture at his arena at Melbourne Park.

My studio/workshop is located within Fundere studios’ West Footscray factory complex in Melbourne’s inner west.

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