Lyndi Sales

South Africa 1973

Installation, Drawing

Lyndi Sales
Lyndi Sales
South Africa
March 17, 2016

The inspiration for creating a piece of art often comes from artist’s own experience – most often it’s the everyday observation of the surrounding, but sometimes the inspiration comes from unexpected life events. For her work, Lyndi Sales finds inspiration in both, but her most striking art pieces come from the later. Events from her life that were both positive and negative, Sales takes the best from them and transforms it into beautiful installations. Although these installations can be abstract, they all have a certain story hidden in them – a story that gave birth to her art.

Lyndi Sales takes the inspiration from her life and implements it in her work.

Lyndi Sales - Deep Sky, 2012 - Photo Credits:
Lyndi Sales – Deep Sky, 2012 – Photo Credits:

Finding Beauty In Everything You See

Where will Sales find inspiration for her next art is hard to say. It can be her personal experience, but it can be something she simply encountered along the way. The crucial aspect is her intrigue with a certain subject. One such example is 17th-century botanical art. The complexity and simplicity of this 17th-century art was enough for her to create her own pieces. The work from this project has a vintage look, which is in the context of the original art that’s around 300 years old. Using color paper and simple drawing, her technique adapts to the idea. Because of that, her work often has a distinctive „hommage“ element in it. In a certain way, her creations pay tribute to people, events, and art that had a strong impact on her as a person. Sales is able to combine the outside inspiration and her personal interpretation to find harmony in her work.

The 17th-century botanical art was enough for Sales to create her own pieces

Lyndi Sales - Spring Tree, (Left) Winter Tree, (Right), Photo Credits:
Lyndi Sales – Spring Tree, (Left) Winter Tree, (Right), Photo Credits:

The Fragileness of People and Art

In contrast to the previously mentioned art pieces, some of them are more personal than others. An example of this is the installation 159/295. This interesting piece has a shape of a phoenix rising and it’s made out of 159 paper kites. Each one of these kites represents one of 159 people that were on the board of an airplane which fell into the Indian Ocean in 1987. The phoenix, of course, has its own role in this story. For the kites, Sales took the idea from Chinese ceremony of commemoration and longing towards the departed. Each kite is unique and made out of different paper – from coupons and cards to color paper. Through this specific art piece, Sales show the possibility of incorporating stories into art in a contextual way which reflects both on the past and the future. Sales reflects on the past through showing respect for the departed and on the future through showing the fragility of life, just like a simple piece of paper. This installation isn’t the only one which she used to reflect on the Helderberg plane crash.

159/295 installation gives tribute to 159 victims of the 1987 airplane crash.

Lyndi Sales - "159/295", 2007 - Photo Credits:
Lyndi Sales – “159/295”, 2007 – Photo Credits:

Personal Honesty for Honest Art

Depending on Sales art pieces, some of them are easy, while others are harder to interpret. Nevertheless, her art is both delicate and honest and these two elements often are known to be provoking to the viewer. But the feature that separates her from other artists is the emotions she puts into her work. It’s not an aggressive provocation, it’s a caring provocation and its only purpose is to make the viewer more aware of life – both the beauty and the sorrow.

She is represented by The Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong.

Lyndi Sales lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

Featured image: Lyndi Sales – Cornea II, 2014 – Photo Credits:
All images used for illustrative purpose

YearName of the ExhibitionGallery-MuseumSolo-Group
2015No PlaceWhatiftheworld GallerySolo
2014DSS2Circa Everard Read, JohannesburgSolo
2014I take it all back, Nirox projectsArts on Main, JohannesburgGroup
2013Shimmerings- Artists unearth lightCavalie, StellenboschGroup
2013WonderworksCat Street Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2013LevitateM Contemporary, SydneySolo
2012ApperceptionToomey-Tourell, San FranciscoSolo
2012Deep sky surveyWhatiftheworld Gallery, Cape TownSolo
2012Outside the linesWhatiftheworld Gallery, Cape TownGroup
2012ArchipelagoGalerie Maria Lund, ParisGroup
2012Positive TensionWhatiftheworld, Cape TownGroup
2011Passive surveillanceGalerie Maria Lund, ParisSolo
2011GIVE ME SIXGalerie Maria Lund, ParisGroup
2011MANET'S TO TIGHT TO MENTIONWhatiftheworld, Cape TownGroup
2011DRAWING NOW Le salon du dessin contemporain, with Galerie Maria Lund, ParisGroup
2011Le salon du dessin contemporain, with Galerie Maria LundBrussels drawing fair, with Galerie Maria Lund, BrusselsGroup
2011Desire: Ideal Narratives in Contemporary South African ArtDesire: Ideal Narratives in Contemporary South African Group
2011SLICK 11 Artist ProjectsPalais de Tokyo and the Musée d'Art Moderne ParisGroup
2010Blur zoneGallery MOMO, JohannesburgSolo
2010Astronomical SeeingGallery Sarah Kahn, LichtensteinSolo
2010Lyndi SalesGallery Sylvia Bernhardt, GermanySolo
2010AccrochageGalerie Maria Lund, ParisGroup
2010CHIC DESSINContemporary Drawing Cabinets, with Galerie Maria Lund, ParisGroup
2009in transitGalerie Maria Lund, ParisSolo
2009in transitToomey Tourell Fine Art, San FranciscoSolo
2009Dessin-Affirmatif! Galerie Maria Lund, ParisGroup
2009Guld og grønne skoveGalleri Bie & Wadstrup, CopenhagenGroup
2008TRANSIenTBell Roberts Gallery, Cape TownSolo
2008Holland Paper BiennaleMuseum Rijswijk, HollandGroup
2008Between meaning and MatterBell-Roberts, Gallery Cape TownGroup
2008Print'08Bell- Roberts Cape TownGroup
2008InterventionUNISA Gallery, PreoriaGroup