Born in 1961, Lucy lives near Colchester on an organic farm. She trained at Colchester School of Art, as a mature student, having been a decorative effect painter in her early working life. She has been exhibiting professionally for the last 10 years.
“As soon as I started working in clay I knew I was a sculptor. Being able to feel the piece as I work is a key component – once the initial idea for a sculpture is mapped out, my hands are purely the tools to something deeper within. Much of my work starts with me carving into high density foam. After the main shape has evolved, I either work in plaster or resin which is very robust and allows me to push the work to a far more delicate place.”
Many of the smaller domestic pieces form the basis of maquettes for larger imposing sculpture to be placed outside. The domestic sculpture cast in bronze are in editions never larger than twelve.
The history of the generations who have farmed her land are a constant source of inspiration. There is archaeological evidence of tribes back to the Neolithic period and she will use this evidence as the starting point for a sculpture. In these pieces Lucy is influenced by the DNA of an object that has remained undisturbed for centuries. Her work is also inspired by objects and shapes she comes across daily, reduced to abstracted, elegant sculptural forms that have a birdlike or botanical essence.