About

ARTIST STATEMENT

Lucille Lehr is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on the interchange between performance and product. Majoring in both ‘Performance Studies’ and ‘Philosophy’ from the University of NSW, Lucille uses her knowledge and interest in aesthetic theory and sociology to explore the beguiling nature of visual perception, as well as the impacts of connectedness in live performance.


BIOGRAPHY

At an early age, in the home art studio of her mother (a painter), Lucille Lehr began developing her craft. Her eclectic taste, and interest for sociology and experimental aesthetics, is likely to have evolved by being exposed to a highly diverse amount of cultural influences from visiting her father (an engineer) in a multitude of foreign countries.

Growing up as a single child, Lucille became an autodidactic individual with a strong impetus to play and explore imagination. She would, and still does, perpetually express her intimate life through traditional visual art mediums. Having spent a life time of practicing visual art, Lucille developed an enthusiasm for transformation, movement, story and emotion, which she satisfied by becoming a performer.

In 2011 “Lucille Spielfuchs” (an alias for entertainment-focused work) was established, and Lucille quickly rose to become one of Australia’s leading avant-guard burlesque performers. Retaining her artistic integrity, Lucille focused her performances on cultural identity, body politics, and the beguiling nature of beauty and design.

Lucille gained valuable knowledge from various acting schools; learning how to tell stories through emotions, and, as well as completing a year of practical study in “design”, Lucille completed a degree with a prestigious “performance art” faculty that focused on the art-historical perspective of traditional “performance art”. This university education also granted her the critical thought needed for theatrical dramaturgy and art criticism. She gained an education that can be applied to all art mediums because all art has an audience.

With over 10 years of artistic evolution in a diverse, authentic, and politically-active art scene (the underground performance art scenes of Sydney and Berlin), Lucille established an enormous repertoire of short performance work that drove her to examine the global commodification of art and expression more closely.

In 2015, Lucille began working at the ‘Art Gallery Of NSW’ and started experimenting with the mergence of theatre and the visual arts. In 2018, Lucille moved to Berlin to further pursue her career as a multidisciplinary artist.

Her works are held in private collections in the US, Australia and Germany. They glamour in transitory stillness, they share stories, they celebrate ‘performance’ as a part of the intangible reality of our everyday lives. Her work seeks to find “truth” and expose the dialectic dichotomies of healthy and unhealthy behaviours in society.

In 2020 Lucille aims to study at the UDK to strengthen these experiences and further evolve her art.

The Artist (Self Portrait)

SELECTED SHOWINGS

2019

Group Exhibition: Metamultiversum at ECC, Berlin, Germany

Group exhibition: Maubachufer Festival, Berlin, Germany

‘Water Moves Itself’, Dr Sketchys, Sydney, Australia

‘Vagina Painting’ (House of Red Doors), Berlin Germany

2018

‘Luna Menses’ (Full Moon Cabaret), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

‘An Interrogation of Beauty’ (House of Red Doors), Berlin Germany

‘Feed The Rabbit’ (House Of Red Doors), Berlin, Germany

2017

Private student of Willi Gilli, Bretten, Germany

Private student of Reinhold Braun, Karlsruhe, Germany

2016

Model and student for Wendy Sharpe, Sydney, Australia

Artist Residency at Lammgasse, Bretten, Germany

The Art Gallery Of NSW (front of house; information, ticketing, host and tours), Sydney, Australia ,

‘Snugglepot &Cuddlepie- ecosexual’ (Burlesque Down Under) collaboration with Madeleine Love, Perth Fringe Festival, Perth, Australia

‘RATAVA smash brothers’, interactive technology, collaboration with Grant Moxom, Art House Hotel, Sydney, Australia

2015

Group exhibition: ‘At First Sight’, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney, Australia

‘RATAVA’, interactive technology, Collaboration with Grant Moxom) for Playstation 20th Anniversary, Cockatoo Island, Australia

Life Modelling Classes (Animal Logic, Wendy Sharpe, Thinking Works, The Art House Hotel, Dr Sketchys, COFA, WOOGA, Drink And Draw), Sydney, Australia

‘Ubu’s Refuse’ (The Australian Burlesque Festival: Empress Royale), The Spiegeltent, Melbourne, Australia

2014

Anti-clown (Bouffon) Workshop- with Red Bastard, Sydney, Australia

Basic Stage Combat Certificate (Unarmed and side sword)- with Kyle Rowling, Sydney, Australia

Michael Chekhov Acting Technique (8 week)- with Natela Dzuliashvili, Sydney, Australia

AoC/SSCS Stage Combat Intensive- Kyle Rowling, Jared Kirby and Dr. John Lennox, Sydney, Australia

‘Ubu’s Refuse’ and ‘Leda and the Swan’, (Miss Burlesque Australia Grand Final), The Factory Theatre, Sydney, Australia

2013

‘History’, Performance art solo performance, Post graduate performance at Io Myers, UNSW, Sydney, Australia

‘Chrysalis’, post graduate collaboration performance art showcase, Io Myers, UNSW, Sydney, Australia

‘Islands Records: Excuse To Let loose’, Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, Australia

2012

Solo exhibition: ‘Intimate Colour’, Buzz Bar Café, Sydney, Australia

Group exhibition: ‘Slick City Chicks’, TAP Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Acting Master Classes (8 weeks) (x3 sessions)- Kate Gaul (Director), Gabrielle Neville (Voice), Sydney, Australia

NIDA, Voice Essentials- Natasha McNamara, Sydney, Australia

7th Birthday and Last Show Ever’: (New Clothes), 34B Burlesque, Qbar, Sydney, Australia

2011

ImPACT Ensemble- Julie Vulcan and Kat Jones (Directors), Sophie Martin (Voice), Samantha Chester (Movement), Drew Fairley (Voice), Sydney, Australia

NIDA, Actor’s Studio (4 Week Intensive)- Robin McLeavy (Basics), Shane Jones (Movement), Natasha McNamara (Voice), Jeneffa Soldatic (Theatre), Felix Williamson (TV), Craig Boreham (Film), Sydney, Australia

Artist Residency, ‘Bundonon Trust’ with ImPACT Ensemble; Sydney, Australia

‘Jurrasic Lounge’ (Pterodactylus), Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia

‘Beguiled’ (2 hour group installation performance), PACT Theatre; Sydney, Australia

Solo exhibition: Gallery Burlesque, TONE, Sydney, Australia

Live Painting installation: The Imperial Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Group exhibition: ‘The Demo Sale’, At The Vanishing Point, Sydney, Australia

‘Miss Burlesque Australia’ (So You Think You Can Tell?, Lion and the Mouse), Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia

BEFORE 2010

Certificate IV (Design); Brookvale TAFE, Sydney, Australia

Artist Residency at Lena Villa, Toscana, Italy

Group exhibition: Brookvale TAFE postgraduate show, Manly Gallery, Sydney, Australia

‘242424’ (24-hour performance installation collaboration), Shopfront Theatre; Sydney, Australia

Artist Residency (6 months) at ‘Theater K.’, Aachen, Germany