Lucy Lucy’s work moves between large-scale public murals, tribal ornaments, textiles and gallery work. Her paintings capture the evolving folklore of the feminine, exploring the diversity and boundaries of heritage. Whether a sovereign queen, a mystic sorceress, a youthful muse, or a charismatic lady, all share in the art and privilege of being a woman. More recently, Lucy has been exploring the concepts of presence and perception through imaginary masks enfolding women portraits. The concealing veneers echo with the idea that rarely oneself is entirely present or true.
What is the narrative behind your work? In other words, what inspires you?
I started painting women to explore the beauty and strength of femininity, to depict the extravagance and the delicateness of womanhood. But it seems that what inspires me is changing even though the subject is the same. I am still painting women but the story around them has shifted to something a lot more personal. Nowadays, my inspiration is deeply rooted to my own experience and understanding of life. In my last show and since then, I have been exploring the concepts of presence and perception through imaginary masks enfolding women portraits.
Another element that animates me is collaboration. The alliance and teamwork between female artists really drives me. Maybe because painting is a solitary process, I am aiming to make it more like a connecting tool rather than a self-realisation instrument. The benevolence which comes along with collaboration simply moves me. Plus you learn and grow so much.
What is the feminine for you and how does it impact your work?
The feminine is for me a strong, smooth and discreet power, and that is what I am trying to reveal through my paintings.
Can you tell us about some of the challenges you face as a female artist / non-binary femme artist?
It’s much easier to be a female artist today than a few decades or centuries ago. There are still some challenges but not as difficult. The art world is still very much dominated by men if you look at the amount of strongly established and acclaimed male artists versus female artists. However in the art scene I have been evolving, I would say that female artists are more equal to male artists. However, I have been noticing that many female artists I know including myself are committing strongly to work by achieving a tremendous amount of work, like super women. Maybe there is a need to prove ourselves by showing how much we can do and how hard we can go. I think it is probably one of the biggest challenges for me. Because I have found difficult to keep up physically and emotionally with this crazy rhythm I wish to do less but better, leaving behind the fear of not being good enough. This isn’t just about being a female artist I guess but it about being an artist at all.
In a few words, can you share with us what have been some of the key elements to develop your artistic career?
For me the key element to grow my artistic career, skills and horizon has been people. Meeting them and seeing what they do, listening to their stories, understanding their vision always has been a source of inspiration and a motivation to push myself further. I like to be taken on an unexpected journey, either by experiencing a different place, by surrounding myself with another artist’s work or by trying something new. In other words, being open and curious is the key.