Installation view of Lisa Reid’s <em>The old fashioned cash register with the old paper dollar notes and coins</em> 2018 on display as part of the <em>Melbourne Now</em> exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne from 24 March – 20 August 2023. Image: Sean Fennessy

Lisa Reid

Lisa Reid
(b. 1975, Melbourne, Victoria. Lives and works in Melbourne)

Lisa Reid is a multimedia artist operating in the realm of ceramics, painting, drawing and digital media. Often inspired by old family photographs and pop-culture references, her observational yet self-reflective work reflects a rich and unique interpretation of everyday life, buoyed by a meticulous attention to detail.

At Melbourne Now, Reid’s extensive ceramic practice is brought into focus, in particular her works based on analogue and vintage appliances, machines and gadgets. The old fashioned cash register with the old paper dollar notes and coins, 2018, is one of Reid’s most celebrated ceramic works, depicting a vintage cash register filled with and surrounded by ceramic notes and coins. ‘The money used to look like that back in the early 1980s, when I was a child’, Reid explained in an interview with Arts Project Australia, where she has worked as an artist since 2002. Jade Hurley’s 20 Golden Oldies and Panasonic tape recorder from the 1980s captures the tactility of music consumption in the pre-streaming Zeitgeist during the artist’s adolescent years. Finally, a new commission, 1950s vintage Sunbeam electrical hairdryer, 2022, recalls the beauty boom of the 1950s and memories constructed by the artist using photographs and other ephemera.

In her two decades working as an artist at Arts Project Australia, Reid has shown her work in major exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including Painting. More Painting at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in 2016. Her work is held in a number of public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria, as well as private collections worldwide. Her first solo exhibition, Lisa Reid: The Devil’s in the Detail took place at Arts Project Australia in 2015.