Lindy as a Moreton Bay Muse
About the artist
Caroline Thew is a graduate of the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne, and a clinical endocrinologist. Her portraits have been exhibited in the Archibald Salon des Refuse and the Portia Geach Memorial Award. Interested in portraiture and figurative painting, Thew grew up in Brisbane and its politics and people remain creative inspirations. When she is painting a portrait she likes to focus on people’s expressions and gestures to represent their subjectivity. Interestingly, she credits her work as an endocrinologist as helping her form part of her perception and observational skill.
About the sitter
Lindy Morrison OAM studied at UQ and was the first social worker with the Aboriginal and Islander Legal Service established in Brisbane in 1973. She performed with Brisbane based Grin and Tonic theatre and Popular Theatre Troupe. As an Australian musician, originally from Queensland, she became a heroine to all the “wanna be gal drummers” as the drummer in indie rock group The Go-Betweens from 1980 to 1989. Before joining the band she was employed by the Aboriginal Legal Service in Spring Hill. She shared a house with Geoffrey Rush and Bille Brown and during this time she started playing drums. Post The Go-Betweens Lindy has been an author and filmmaker and has worked extensively in community music. In 2013 she was awarded an Order of Australia for services as a performer and advocate.