BAD Festival x Hyatt Regency Brisbane (Queen St Mall)

As part of BAD Festival, see this piece in Queen St Mall, Brisbane on the face of the Hyatt Regency building from May 7-30. This was such a fun one to create on the tightest schedule and went up at 5:30am the day of the festival opening. Thank you to Brisbane Art Design, Hyatt Regency Brisbane and Museum of Brisbane. 💜💛🖤

With Megan’s beautiful face, I wanted us all to feel unafraid to break out of our prey-like bunny fears and splash the town with our stories, our culture, our expression, our opinions, our passions and our voices. I took an old Chinese saying that my mum said to me ‘Colour will Change on the Dragon’ 變色龍 and spun it to ‘Colour will Change on the Rabbit’ 變色兔 for we don’t ever have to stay the same. Let yourself be heard, let yourself be seen and let yourself be you.

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.”

Clipped Festival (VIVID Sydney)

I was flown down to Sydney this year in June to be a part of Clipped Festival (VIVID Sydney Program) to draw Megan Washington live for 5 hours across the event.

Megan Washington was a panel speaker but we held our initial Spectator Jonze interview a week prior in Brisbane. This drawing highlights Washington’s openness with her stutter and how that affected her mental health as a singer and musician in the industry.

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.

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