Introducing the first of our Artist Judges for this year’s National Sculpture Prize , Lucy Glendinning.
Glendinning is a contemporary British sculptor and artist who, using different aesthetic expression creates work using the human body as a semiotic medium.
. The curious, beautiful also disturbing imagery of human forms, children , skin , textures speak to our worries and our fears whilst touching a deeper level of ephemeral transience in our own human lives. The beauty of shape and form manipulated with materials adds a paradoxical quality.
“For me art inspires perspective and accountability through enhancing self awareness, perception of humanity, within our cultural historical context. To me this seems vital to the self awareness of society and in particular with growing contrasts.”
“I want the observer to become conscious of themselves, as perceived in comparison to the object. This is why I am drawn to using the figure as a tool. To present a situation, that might create enough of a reaction and focus in a personal, to incite the viewer’s opinion.”
“My work is derived in the studio and is usually made in series. These are developed around an idea which starts as a poem or short statement.”
These ideas and thoughts are usually derived and inspired by philosophical questions, medical information, psychological studies, with imagined projections into potential futures. These pieces are explored through a domestic and often classical sculpturally approach to the manipulation of the figure as object.
‘Feather Child series’
I want the observer to become conscious of themselves, as perceived in comparison to the object. This is why I am drawn to using the figure as a tool.’
For Lucy’s public works she needs them to be accessible by the general public. Such that they can connect, understand or in the brief passing moment in the street, feel something. It is a different communication then the work that she creates in her studio, where she feels that she can be more personal and experimental.
“In my studio pieces, I am more personal and problematizing. The result is therefore much more intimate and the thematic content heavier.”
‘Lucy in her studio’