The opportunity to participate in the Robin Boyd, a portrait of an Australian house exhibition came about when Lauren Bamford and Lydia Wegner were both contacted by Pippa Milne, curator at the Monash Gallery of Art to photograph an iconic Boyd home. Lauren explains that she ‘couldn’t say no’ to the appeal of capturing mid-century design, Boyd architecture, and being paired with Lydia!
After an architectural tour of celebrated Boyd homes in Melbourne, both photographers were drawn to The Wright House in Warrandyte. This stunning bush home is designed as an open floor plan, but offers shifting private zones with rice paper screen sliding doors. Exposed beams, stone walls, a brass fire chimney and pebble details offered texture and warmth that both photographers were drawn to.
As an artist who plays with and manipulates light, Lydia was attracted to the materiality and minimalism of Boyd’s work, she she sought to gently abstract the space, in her distinctive style. She explains ‘I wanted to highlight and accent Boyd’s minimalist design and unique juxtaposition of materials. I used a number of coloured lights and reflections in the works, which provide a link to my own photographic practice.’
For Lauren, the Wright house won her over with the brass chimney, that reflected a ‘warm golden glow’ when the sun hit it, and transformed the surrounding material textures in the home as the light shifted. The photographer drove to Warrandyte pre-dawn to ‘let the light do most of the work’ and was rewarded with a perfect sunrise, and ‘all the shadows and reflections I had hoped for.’
Lauren and Lydia’s work is exhibited alongside photographs by Mark Strizic, a key documenter of Boyd’s designs, who shaped the way the public viewed the iconic architecture. The exhibition presents multiple ways of seeing Robin Boyd’s architecture and legacy. As Lauren highlights, there is a sentimentality in viewing Boyd’s designs, ‘even if you’ve never seen them before.’
Robin Boyd, a portrait of an Australian house
Lauren Bamford | Lydia Wegner | Mark Strizic25 May – 14 July
Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road