Interview with Gaye Lincoln


Gaye Lincoln is a Brisbane based artist whose work was recently introduced to me.  She creates striking mixed media works. ‘I love working with found objects/ ephemera such as old recipes, paper and wax. The recipes were largely sourced from my grandmother’s recipe tin. The watercolours give the work a fragile nature and wax is a symbol of preserving the past’. They are truly beautiful pieces, which I am now keenly coveting!

A big thanks to Gaye for sharing her story with me, and being the first artist interview on tbf!


precious wings II

Precious Wings II – rice paper, gold leaf, graphite and watercolour



Piaf – graphite, watercolour, gold leaf, thread on reclaimed paper in perspex box


Heirloom (with owl)
Heirloom (with Owl) – Reclaimed paper, graphite, watercolour, gold leaf, thread, perspex

Precious wings III

Precious Wings III – rice paper, gold leaf, graphite and watercolour


Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? 

My work is about memory, personal histories, and family – my own life bringing up two daughters. I work in 2D and 3D. At the moment I am exploring watercolours. I also like using ephemera such as old paper recipes and letters. I’m working towards a group exhibition in September this year, at Anthea Polson Gallery on the Gold Coast.

How did you decide to become an artist? 

I’ve always created things ever since I was a child. My parents always encouraged me. I really enjoyed art at school but didn’t follow my dream until I was much older, after my children were born. It was then that I enrolled in a Visual Art course at TAFE part time and I loved it – it took five years to complete, i loved every minute.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Other jobs.. Shop assistant, waitress (used to own a cafe with my husband), Early Childhood teacher (I still work as a teacher part time)

What’s your scariest experience?

Scariest experience – camping with my family in a thunderstorm when I was young and the tent crashing down!

What’s your favorite art work?

Favourite artwork- I don’t have a particular favourite but artists who have inspired me include Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Rosalie Gascoigne and John Wolseley to name a few.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

Visiting Rosalie Gascoigne’s exhibition at NGV – hauntingly beautiful- then a couple of years later, driving down the Monaro highway and seeing the  landscape that inspired her work.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Listening to people who are nostalgic about an old recipe on the dresses.

What food, drink, song inspires you?

Vietnamese, tea or Coke zero & ‘Team’ by Lorde

What superpower would you have and why?

fly!! I’d love to see the world

Name something you love, and why.

Lazy days at home pottering around- life is so busy with children- always running around!!

What is your dream project?

My dream project would be to do an artist residency somewhere overseas.. Iceland, France or the US.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

From my art teachers at college- work from your own ideas and experience- be true to yourself.

Professionally, what’s your goal?

To be able to keep creating and a few more galleries to represent me would be good

Can you list for me your top creative resources across any media – ie websites or blogs you visit daily, magazines you can’t live without?

Pinterest, The Design Files blog, Art Almanac, Frankie magazine

Beach or pool?

Definitely beach.. North Stradbroke Island (‘Straddie’) is my favourite holiday destination


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