“Brown uses the discarded clothing of the old - vintage undergarments, slips and petticoats, intimate materials in colours called 'rose' or 'mint' or even 'flesh' - to form the raw material of her tense, suspended, offerings. She's self- confessedly interested in the edges, the boundaries of the weave and of the clothing. Labels and stitched seams get reconfigured in her works and demonstrate the body selvedge's and sewn places where skin dustings lodge that are so evocative in Brown's work.”* “Brown offers a puzzling, even abject, artistic vision...... This is particularly so as her work has moved slowly further from the representation of bodies towards more abstract spatial forms in which the body is nevertheless echoed.”* *Extracts from Thread Bare exhibition essay by Dr Catherine Harper MA, FHEA, FRSA. Jan 2010 Sourcing, collecting and making are core motivations in the work. Raw materials are gathered from second hand clothes shops, markets and eBay. These items are selected and deconstructed through methods of cutting, unpicking and ripping. Free-hand weaving techniques are developed through physical, sensory, emotional and psychological engagement with selected clothing - the speculative play around the visible and invisible history and the internal and external surfaces all contribute to these responses. There is a seductive and obsessive drive with the raw materials, which fuels the desire to make and physically interact with the garments. Weaving is both language and method to reconstruct/ re-invent these raw materials exploring ideas around re-telling/ re-working histories, re-claiming / re-configuring female body image. Weaving by tradition is slow and labour intensive and time becomes part of the process. The woven offerings develop over two stages; first stage - loom state, will normally takes place in the privacy of the studio space. The second- limbo state, is when works are cut loose from the loom and are extended and realised in the gallery. At this point there are themes around the unfinished and unresolved, meaning that works are in a constant state of 'becoming'. Site specific works of 2012 have opened up opportunities to make a short film, introduce human hair as a raw material and use lace net curtains as a translucent boundary. Brown has been exhibiting since 1996 and has contributed to a range of art projects and education programmes for arts organisations, schools, colleges and universities. She is currently an exhibiting and committee member of The 62 Group of Textiles Artists. Her work has been featured in Dr Jessica Hemmings' latest book - 'Warp & Weft' (2012) and Unravelled Arts 'Unravelling Nymans' publication (2012). Independent Curator Kate Stoddart has recently reviewed Browns' 'Offerings' on a-n Interface http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/2540206
|Location||Brighton, South East|
|Activities||Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Exhibitions programme, Studio practice|
|Artforms / type of project||Education project, Installation, Intervention, Sculpture, Textiles|
|Tags||clothing, exhibition, textile, site-specific, installation, education, weave, collecting, feminism, craft / art|
News & Events
‘Leaving Home: A new setting for site-specific contemporary craft’.
17/04/2015 – 31/05/2015
Contemporary Applied Arts. 89 Southwark Street, London. SE1 0HX
The film from Lucy Browns' site-specific work “They loved to breathe beauty, tradition and romanticism…” commissioned for 'Unravelling Nymans', 2012, is being shown as part of this exhibition.
06/03/2015 – 25/04/2016
Arts at the Old Fire Station. Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ
The artists exhibiting as part of ‘Re-fashioned’ are Bill Jackson, Lucy Brown, Sally Richardson and Shelly Goldsmith. Lucy Brown will be leading a one day workshop on Saturday 11th April 2015