Lucy Irvine

About the artist: I have a longstanding interest in vessels as both cultural and philosophical focal points. This has developed into an obsession with basketry. Woven forms evoking a sense of ceremony and containers present in everyday life. Overall as objects that connect me to different historical, political and cultural landscapes: objects that bear witness to places and people.
In the process of making sculpture, I am balancing an intuitive process with a critical eye for shape and form. The predominant industrial produced materials (cable ties, plastic piping and clothes line) are in dialogue with the handmade sensibilities of the work.
A natural element has recently been introduced, parts of the dried flowers from palm trees, which I collect from the streets near my studio. After just over a year in Australia, the common flora and fauna found within Melbourne still appears exotic.
My experience of Australia outside the city has been one of intricate details, for example, the patterns in leaves, feathers and shells influence my current practice.

Education: 1999-2002 B.A Fine Art (First Class Honours), Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
1998-1999 Art Foundation Course Certificate Leith School of Art, Edinburgh

Exhibitions: May 2005 Containment, solo show, Red Gallery, North Fitzroy
December 2004 Red Stocking Show, Red Gallery, North Fitzroy
April 2004 Edna, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds
Selected group show for 10th Anniversary of Edna Lumb Travel Award
September 2003 Pyramids of Naxos International Art Exhibition, Town Hall, Chora, Naxos, Greece
Environmental issues explored by contemporary artists
May 2001 Beyond Form, Leeds Metropolitan University Studio Gallery, Leeds
Collaborative works with fellow student Libby Noble of video and photographic performance
March 2001 Integument, R.K. Burt Gallery, London
Group show of works on paper.

Awards: March 2005 Highly Commended, Williamstown Festival-Tattersall’s Contemporary Art Prize 05
March 2005 2nd Prize, Artz Blitz 2005, Kingston Art Centre, Moorabin
February 2004 Commissioned to write follow up report for the Edna Lumb Trust
May 2001 Edna Lumb Travel Award
Two month study trip to California to compile a report on the educational interpretation and symbolism of Native American baskets
October-November 2000 Public Arts, Wakefield
Multidisciplinary Residency for Fine Art, Landscape Architecture and Design students

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