This series of paintings was initially inspired by visits to abandoned places, where the natural world has overtaken human habitats. There is a melancholy beauty to such sites; to the idea that whatever activities once played out are ceased and long forgotten, and made mysterious by the traces left behind.
From the decision to embark on a series of landscapes, it followed that I was setting a scene, that within each painting a narrative would emerge. Whether they be real-world places or imaginary future scenes, the paintings stem from ideas about the encroachment of the man-made environment upon the natural over time and of the possibility of the natural world reduced to a distant memory, or preserved in an artificial setting for nostalgia’s sake. Converse to this is the possibility of the built environment reclaimed by nature, its complexities and ingenuities expunged.
I am interested in the contrast between the sense of excitement and hopefulness arising from the notion of technological advance and human endeavour, and the sense of romantic nostalgia for a simpler past arising from the notion of reconnection and coexistence with nature.
Lucy lives and works in Sydney. She has attained a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Fine Art with honours from the National Art School. In 2017 she has been a finalist in the Calleen Art Award, the Northern Beaches Art Prize and the Chippendale World Art Residency prize. This is her second solo show.
Image courtesy of the artist