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Art Watch : Lucy Glendinning

Lucy Glendinning is our Art Watch Artist for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across many discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by. Or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art From Us presents Art Watch.

A classical British sculptor in approach and technique. Her sculptures are fluid, tactile works that call to the viewer’s sense of self preservation. This is not surprising when we think about it a bit deeper. As Glendinning herself has stated that her explorations are based on the need to explore the human body as a semiotic medium. She says – “My public works have substance, but the nature of a public work is also to be easily accessible. One is supposed to pass it on the street, and in a brief moment understand what the work is communicating. In my studio pieces, I am more personal and problematizing.”

Lucy Glendinning was born 1964, to a family of doctors and surgeons. As a child she was exposed to a vast array of medical books and her preoccupation with the human form was born. With the passage of time this was a medium. The very body of the being – a way to explore psychology and the human condition.

Lucy studied fine art sculpture at University of the West of England Bristol. After leaving college she worked for Elizabeth Frink in a bronze foundry. The time that she spent here was valuable and the learning of the art of making molds and castings with wax, would influence her work to the present day.

Artistic Process & Journey

“My sculpture takes the human form as its starting point and its tool. The physicality of the three dimensions is what I have always responded to and found the best vehicle to express ideas. I think we all have different levels of response to various mediums. I feel sculpture is my natural language.”

– says Glendinning

As an artist she is clear that her point of departure is not merely an idiosyncratic impulse, or a whim, but a study. For her a thought fuels her interest in new philosophical questions, medical information or psychological studies. Artistic compulsion, or impulse, fantasy or pure imagination is not her starting point. Through research and exploration, she develops her idea and she searches for an experience to solicit the viewer/ spectator/ visitor/ art lover.

Stemming from this thought – her work is not about making a statement but to ask a question to provoke a debate or curiosity. It is the conscious sparking of thoughts and ideas, along with the evoking emotions that she is drawn to. As she had mentioned before – forms are important, bodies in sleep or wakefulness are important so the visceral nature of sculpture excites her artistic abilities. She asks a critical question and raises an interesting thought about how art occupies a space – and it changes the feel of the space it occupies.

Why Lucy Glendinning?

That an artwork has the inherent potential to inspire self-awareness, one is aware. but to enhance ‘a sense of humanity and promoting a concern for the wider society, and in doing so define a cultural and historical context’ that is an artistic endeavour that is enviable. The quality of craftsmanship, and the way in which a sculpture becomes inseparable from its situation and how a viewer will respond to it are paramount concerns in my work.

Lucy says – talking about her process –“My ideas start as a poem or short statement; they are often derived and inspired by philosophical questions, medical information or psychological studies. For example, I am currently working on a series of pieces looking at how genetic engineering might enable us to bend the human form to our own will and how we should react to this possibility with its implications of a world of ever greater divisions between rich and poor.”

Lucy has exhibited in extensively in Europe, in USA, and Asia, has representation in Europe. Regularly exhibiting at art fairs and in museums. Including the Ashmolean Museum, Royal Academy London , Grand Rapids Art Museum, USA,  Abbaye Saint-Riquier, , La Halle Saint Peirre Museum, Paris, and Halle14, Leipzic, Centre d’art Contemporaian, France, Boras Museum of Modern Art, Sweden, Meymac France, and Meijer Sculpture Gardens USA and The Saatchi Gallery London.


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