Lucy Fraser
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Lucy lives surrounded by countryside where close observations of bird and insect life provide inspiration and information for my work. She like to start with a natural history truth and weave a narrative around it. Species are taken out of context and placed in unnatural constructs where they evolve to create new orders and behaviours and ultimately, new meanings.




Her absorption with Victorian collectors and naturalists - those involved in the obsessive categorising and cataloguing of specimens, in particular Darwin - are both reflective of and imbedded within my work. She too likes to collect, categorise and display. However, she also likes to develop and evolve, turning the inoccuous and everyday into objects with weightier connotation. She feels the juxtaposition of scientific history set against her equal fascination with religious iconography creates a central narrative and tension to the work.



Her carefully constructed pieces are made using natural, found and recycled materials. Her paintings employ acrylic and enamel paints, watercolour and pencil. Her creatures, painted life-size in suspended animation are intensely and intricately detailed and each painting can take months to complete.



Lucy says of her paintings: ‘Through my work which gives me real joy, I aim to make unnatural beauty from traditionally beautiful sources. Creating structures and patterns from the natural world has been an ongoing passion for me. Having worked with museums, wildlife visitor centres and places of natural history, where nature is routinely ‘reined in’, humanised and organised, I feel that our desire to order the living world reflects our psychological place in it. This creates discord and unease as well as harmony and beauty. As an artist, my work is to explore these dichotomies.’ 


(Artist statement written with Gas Gallery, London)