NME Magazine February Issue ft. Jaguar Jonze FRONT COVER + 12 Pages

FRONT COVER + 12 PAGE FEATURE for this month’s issue of NME Australia
Such an honour to be featured for my music project Jaguar Jonze and to have done the illustrations/concepts myself for all 13 pages – thank you to NME for trusting in me as an artist in every facet. This interview is one of my absolute favourites so read it online or pre-order your own physical copy.

Illustrations: Spectator Jonze
Edit: Deena Lynch & Seakyu
Photography: Dom Gould
Make Up: Sarah Smith
Hair: Louise Graham
Styling: Tamzen Holland

Deena Lynch x Christian Louboutin (AW20 Collection Collaboration)

Deena Lynch was commissioned by Christian Louboutin to create a concept film, draw two visual artworks and produce photos featuring herself, in collaboration with Louboutin’s Fall/Winter 2020 Cube Collection. Not only did she create all that, but she also styled, designed and art directed each concept and decided to learn French during hotel quarantine to compose the music.
About the collaboration she says, “The inspiration behind the Christian Louboutin Fall/Winter ‘20 Collection instantly transported me to a playful Paris where pop culture, dance, cinema, abstract art, geometry, couture and colourful festivities make up a part of its DNA. With each collection, Louboutin creates a new world, so I wanted to create my own drawing from the Paris that he and I know, so that they all exist individually but come together to be a part of the same universe.
While I was working on the film, writing English words didn’t seem to convey the world I wanted to build so I decided I was going to learn basic French in 3 days to write the music. I wanted every aspect of the film, the visual artworks and photography to stay playful and magical. 

‘In my Louboutin world, je suis une poupée’

Louboutin has been a label I’ve been obsessed with since I was a little girl and this was a dream come true for me, not only that, it is the first time someone has believed in me as an artist to do what I love doing across my Jonze projects. They commissioned two visual artworks from Spectator Jonze, an art film with my own music from Jaguar Jonze and in the photography, styling, concept and art direction as yours truly, Deena Lynch.”

4AD Digital Hits the Streets: Spectator Jonze



4A Digital Hits the Streets: Joanna Frank and Spectator Jonze
23 November – 17 December 2020
Various street locations in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is thrilled to announce 4A Digital Hits the Streets, an ephemeral exhibition that will transform digital artworks into interactive street posters across Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney this summer. Programmed as part of 4A’s online commissioning platform, 4A Digital, this project features the mesmerising works of Joanna Frank and Spectator Jonze, and are accompanied by a custom-made augmented reality animation created especially by the artists for 4A.

Simply point your phone towards the QR code on the poster, download the Eyejack app (if you don’t have it already), and hover your screen to activate Joanna Frank and Spectator Jonze’s works.

Spot a poster? Let us know on Instagram via @4a_aus and #4ADigital for your chance to win 4A summer prize packs, including limited-edition artist prints, a 4A tote bag, and publications.⠀

4A Digital Hits the Streets takes place in these locations and others:⠀

📍Sydney: 23 Nov – 17 Dec
Alexandria, CBD, Darlinghurst, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Mascot, Newtown, Paddington, Surry Hills and more.⠀

📍Melbourne: 23 Nov – 14 Dec
CBD, Southbank, Carlton North, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Footscray, Richmond, Box Hill, Thornbury, Preston, Prahran and more.⠀

📍Brisbane: 27 Nov – 11 Dec
Airport, Fortitude Valley, Griffith Uni, Indooroopilly, Kangaroo Point, Kelvin Grove, Mt Gravatt, Paddington, Woolloongabba and more.⠀

To celebrate 4A Digital Hits the Streets4A curators Con Gerakaris and Reina Takeuchi invited Joanna Frank and Spectator Jonze to create new works that capture their vivid, character-driven aesthetics, with anthemic themes that celebrate the resilient and dynamic nature that comes with being a woman artist.

For the heroine-driven work, DEADALIVE, Taiwanese-Australian artist-musician Jonze tackles the taboo of coronavirus and maintaining creative stamina during times of unrest. Jonze explains: “For the poster, I wanted to capture the feelings of suffocation, isolation, health technologies and anxiety, but I also wanted to show that out of the rubble, I found the fighter, the survivor and also the amazing fortunes that 2020 has brought me as well.”

Around 300 posters will be prominently displayed in partnership with leading poster distributor Plakkit, and with support from the City of Sydney. To elevate the experience, these images are integrated with an augmented reality component custom-created by Frank and Jonze. Enter the artists’ conceptual worlds by downloading the Eyejack app on their smartphone, pointing their screen towards the posters, and activating their AR animation in real-time.

Adds Takeuchi: “Spectator Jonze is an evocative multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans across digital media, drawing, performance and sound. Having experienced the COVID-19 virus first hand, DEADALIVE speaks directly to Jonze’s strength as a fighter, artist and survivor in the face of adversity. It’s with great pleasure that we present her work alongside Joanna Frank’s as a part of our initiative.”

The posters are distributed at various sites via our partnership with leading poster distributor Plakkit, and with support from the City of Sydney.

ADOBE // Festival of the Impossible 2020


Deena Lynch (Jaguar Jonze) and Luigi Honorat – Working together from Japan and Australia, Deena and Luigi have built an AR experience that shows viewers what a trip through Jaguar Jonze’s mind might be like: full of music, playfulness and a little dose of darkness.

Tap here from a mobile device for an excerpt of the interactive AR experience – works with Aero for iOS, best load times with wifi connection, 3D sound best experienced with headphones.

Creative Mornings Brisbane

Had the pleasure of being invited to be a speaker for Creative Mornings Brisbane February event at The Lushington. Sold out with over 180 attendees, I spoke on the theme of ‘Symmetry’ and used it to discuss the importance of being open about mental health, the necessity of creative outlets and my own journey with my PTSD. With an audience of creatives in attendance, I focused on the importance of conversation – to find the time to share the conversation with people, find the time to start that conversation with people and to find the time to have the conversation with yourself. Put it into your everyday practise of art, music, dance, words, knitting, woodworking, whatever it may be.
I found it difficult being that open and vulnerable to 180 people but I knew I wouldn’t have even be able to write it onto paper 6 months prior, and 6 months before that, I wouldn’t have even been able to talk about it with trusted friends. It’s a progress of baby steps we all should be taking.

The irony to the taboo and structure of feeling like you’re alone when struggling with your mental health is that every single person has a shade of trauma, anxiety, depression, illness, vices, inclinations, quirks, doubts, pain, suffering and demons etc. We need to start accepting that mental health is just as important as your physical health and just as the body will shut down here and there in sickness, the mind will too.

Let’s talk. Let’s talk often and open.

Watch it here: