- Lucy Willow
A series of photographic works titled Memento Mori (remember that you are mortal and everything must die) have a grotesque and beautiful side, attractive yet repellent, celebrating a melancholic state of mind as a kind of desirable, living death. The main body of work consists of a series of still-life photographs – manipulated by working into the surface of wet inkjet prints with a paint brush – that give a sense that the objects depicted are rotting, dripping and decaying before your eyes.
Willow appropriates seventeenth century imagery from vanitas still-life paintings – skull, bubble, extinguished candle, rotting fruit, flowers and jewellery – symbols traditionally associated with death and the transience of life. Using contemporary techniques to achieve highly aesthetic works, Willow’s richly worked surfaces invite close contemplation to uncover meaning. Within the context of wastelands, her jewel-like prints explore the precariousness of the human condition, and Eliot’s evocations of disturbing sights and odours engulfing the senses are given visual tangibility.
- Jeni Fraser
2009 Momento Mori, Millennium Gallery, St Ives
2008 Mixed Winter Exhibition, Goldfish, Penzance
2007 Canary in the Attic, Salt Gallery, Hayle
2007 Art Now Cornwall, Tate St Ives, St Ives
2006 Battersea Art Fair, London
2006 Make it Real, Whitstable, Kent
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