Prelude to desire IV
From an ongoing series of work inspired by Kitagawa Utamaro’s Prelude to Desire series of shunga prints. Water-based woodblock print using mica (kira zuri) & bokashi technique on mulberry washi, 2019
'In collaboration with the expansive landscape and dark skies of Northumberland, I mark the seasonal shifts with paper, ink, wood and silk to connect and convene with nature. Observing the way in which time behaves in remote and rural places has resonated in ritualistic acts of making. Meditating on the earth’s rotation, the phases of the moon and our relationship to light and time inspire performative acts in the landscape documented through printmaking, video, stitch and installation. In turning our attention to the temporal, the work seeks to commune with nature and our relationship to transience and impermanence. I am interested in belonging and dislocation, remoteness and ritual, separation and intimacy, time and impermanence, isolation and migration, repetition and remembrance, stillness and light, silence and rhythm, pilgrimage and place.'
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After graduating from London College of Printing in 2002, Lucy was awarded a two-year funded residency at Manchester School of Art, where she also worked as an Associate Lecturer until 2010. In 2011 Lucy relocated to Japan, where her interest in printmaking developed. As joint recipient of a British Council International development award in 2015, Lucy initiated a collaborative project at IMPACT 9 Printmaking Conference in China. The project travelled to Southern Graphics Conference International (SGCI) in Portland, USA in 2016. Later that year Lucy was awarded a one-year residency with VARC (Visual Artists in Rural Communities), in a remote part of Northumberland where she is still currently based. Lucy leads printmaking and book arts workshops around the UK.
Residencies at Scotland’s Hospitalfield, California’s Kala Art Institute, NES in Iceland and VARC in Northumberland have informed an exploration into durational work in combination with printmaking. Lucy has attended three artist's residencies in Japan, at the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory where she has studied Japanese woodblock printmaking since 2015. Her works are held in public and private collections including Tate Britain, Yale Centre for British Art, Stanford University, Chelsea College of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, State Library of Queensland and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Recent works have been presented at Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, The Royal Academy Summer Show, Art Toronto, The London Art Fair and The International Mokuhanga Conference in Hawaii, where Lucy was joint-recipient of the Awagami Paper Prize. In 2020 Lucy was the winner of the Flourish Award for excellence in Printmaking from West Yorkshire Print Workshop, awarded a solo exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery in 2021.
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