Spectator Jonze is the moniker of the artist behind Deena Lynch. Lynch was born in Yokohama, Japan to a Taiwanese mother and an Australian father. She migrated to Australia under less than certain circumstances when she was 6 years old. She grew up in many different homes under many different situations and circumstances. She was not quite an orphan, but didn’t quite belong anywhere.
She grew in many different homes and situations – not quite an orphan, not quite belonging anywhere. This put her in touch with a myriad of people and demons coming from disjointed backgrounds themselves or from a position of power. Being in contact with emotional, physical and sexual abuse pushed her into the safety of PTSD where suppression, depression and dissociation became a survival tactic.
Having always carried a creative mind, it was only natural for Jonze to use art and music as an outlet of expression. 2017 was the year she finally came to an age and understanding to tackle her mental health, quirks and trauma. Art became a medium she utilised as a cathartic vessel to uncover the secrets she had even hidden from herself.
‘Spectator Jonze’ is the culmination of self-discovery and healing that has evolved into a people project of passion - bringing mental health to light by depicting the often taboo subject of our individual battles into a colourful, comedic display of imperfectly perfect beauty.
// Finalist in the Brisbane Portrait Prize for '#66 - Cunxin Li: Mao's Last Dancer'.
// Highly Commended for RQAS Young Artist's Award 2018 with '#36 - Pearl: Paste-A-Partner'.
// Finalist with two other artworks '#33 - Nathalie: Change The Date' and '#7 - Paige: Phases of the Moon'.
// Winner of the People's Choice Award for The Law Society of NSW's Just Art Exhibition with '#33 - Nathalie: Change the Date'.
// Working alongside Logan Hospital's Mental Health Group to showcase patients and their stories through portraits and a documentary for Logan Art Gallery.
// One of the street artists for Brisbane Street Art Festival completing a mural at West End Village.
// 1 of 5 emerging artists selected out of over 400 applicants for Anglicare's Arts & Minds 2018. Raised $4250 at charity auction with first ever piece sold '#50 - Deena VI' and featured across 32 GOA Billboards in Brisbane, Logan and Gold Coast.
// Mural for the newly established entertainment precinct of Toombul Shopping Centre in Brisbane.
// Invited to live draw Megan Washington throughout the day and was projected onto the atrium of Clipped Festival as part of VIVID Sydney
// Fish Lane Installation for Brisbane City Council featuring 6 light box installation artworks as part of BrisAsia Festival.
// 'Nikolaus von Kues' one page portrait for Hohe Luft (German-based philosophy publication).