Known originally for work influenced by the Hope Valley, a show in 2011 presented another side to Lucy showing a fascination with both sexuality and its objectification. There was something in these multi-layered pieces that invited questions – did the images represent a form of biography, Lucy’s fantasies, or a mimicry of sexualised imagery that surrounds us in the modern world?
Lucy retired to the Peak District after a career in Yorkshire as a librarian. Now 80, and faced with mobility issues, her work shows a continued interested in chronicling the process of ageing, both in literal and symbolic ways. The concern with sex persists. Her images confront the audience with the full force of a pornographic home video but the doubled exposition of Lucy as artist twists any preconceived notions of sexuality and shock. The frankness of the situations Lucy depicts has proven too much for some viewers.
Her work can be found in private collections in France and the Netherlands, and Lucy has plans for an exhibition in Europe in the near future. In a further move to frankness, Lucy’s latest works are direct about her financial motivations – her pension is limited, and she needs her investment in art materials to produce a profit. Recent pieces have included collage elements documenting the financial aspect of her work and actuarial tables detailing her life expectancy.
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