3 November 2012 – 24 March 2013

Linde Ivimey’s sculpture is often technically complex and intricate, utilising skills from welding to cooking, weaving, wood-sculpting, and sewing, all adapted to create objects with an intense personal resonance. The emotional impact of her figures and animals is multiplied by her use of materials – skin, bone, fabric, hair, wax, gemstones, teeth, and other personal and found objects. The exhibition includes works from 2001 to 2012, with themes ranging from ‘Saints and sinners’ to ‘Child’s play’ and ‘Self portraits’. A new series is inspired by the 100th Anniversary of Sir Douglas Mawson’s expedition to Antarctica.

The first major publication on the artist’s work, Linde Ivimey, will be launched with the exhibition.

Curator and publication author: Louise Martin-Chew

Online resource

  • View and download If Pain Persists: Linde Ivimey Sculpture online resource here


View the publication Linde Ivimey here

Public Programs 

Panel Discussion: Antarctica: Bravery in the landscape
Thursday 7 March 3.00 pm  4.30 pm

Please join our panel discussion responding to the exhibition with Dr Sylvie Shaw, artist Linde Ivimey and exhibition curator Louise Martin-Chew. View more information here

  • Listen to or download podcast here

Wednesday 20 February 12.00 pm
Curator talk by Louise Martin-Chew

  • Listen to or download podcast here

Friday 2 November 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Join artist Linde Ivimey, curator Louise Martin-Chew and gallerist Martin Browne in a conversation about self-portraiture and other aspects of Linde Ivimey's sculpture.

  • Listen to or download podcast here

So you think you can't draw? 
Saturday 3 November – Sunday 24 March 10.00 am – 4.00 pm daily
Pablo Picasso wrote, "The critics say I draw like a child. When I was a child I drew like Raphael. It took me my whole life to draw like a child". We invite you to connect with your own childhood experiences of art making, and pick up a pencil, some paper, a drawing board and a stool, and spend some time in the exhibition.

No assessment, no exams, just an opportunity to engage with these sculptural works in the UQ Art Museum. You are welcome to take your drawings with you, or add them to our drawing wall in the foyer. This is a pilot summer drawing program, and we welcome your feedback. 

  • View flyer here 


  • View masterclass for senior high school students with Linde Ivimey hereAll sessions booked out, including extra masterclass on 7 March


  • Watch If Pain Persists: Linde Ivimey Sculpture from Louise Turley on Vimeo
  • Download media kit and view 'If Pain Persists: Linde Ivimey Sculpture opens at UQ Art Museum'  here
  • Listen to or download Linde Ivimey in discussion with Sarah Kanowski on ABC Radio National 'Weekend Arts' here

View 'Elaborate sculpture exhibition opens at UQ' here

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body

Linde Ivimey
Thumper (Self portrait) 2009
steel armature, acrylic resin, dyed cotton, natural and acrylic fibre, woven chicken and turkey vertebrae, fish bones
Private collection, Melbourne
Reproduced courtesy of the artist, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane and Gould Galleries, Melbourne