" I draw inspiration from walking down a dodgy street corner at 1am, overhearing some outrageous fake news in an english village pub, to a power punching red lipstick with red wine on the corner of the lips. Nostalgic memories of the beach I visited and got more plastic and glass in my toes than sand, to the news they don't put in the newspaper. Tipsy conversations about alternative universes with friends and characterising the persona of a cat at my window who can stare through my very soul to highlighting an ultra personified party goer who must reveal their moon is in pisces through to the women statistically oppressed in their industry. Juxtaposed cultures co-inhabiting a time and space and capturing the energy of people who have a dance floor instead of a living room. The melancholy of a mediterranean balcony at sunrise and the surprise of finding a baroque style record in a bargain bin, to an expression or slang word that doesn't translate into another language, to the youth evoking change. A persons choice of possessions when moving countries, to the old lady on the other side of the road in a head to toe velvet suit on the hottest day of the year. "
Lucy Crump (born 1993, UK) is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in London.
Lucy's painting and collage work draws inspiration from all around, creating platforms of discussion on current affairs, pop culture and poetry.
These influences are channelled through the artists hand and transcribed into a single expression or series of artwork/s. These elements alongside the choice of clashing colours, disjointed perspectives and the element of chance merge into a powerful social commentary, building the artists language of visual poetry. A large body of Lucy’s overall work has been approached collaboratively with other artists, leading her to having an active theoretical interest in the issues and purpose of creative authorship.
Lucy’s video work is often shot through an autobiographical lens and reflects on the idea of identity through words, sound, visual symbolism and site. Her video pieces are commonly paired with either a natural soundtrack or a vocal soundtrack. In “The Cloud Experiment” (2014) she presented the visuals of a film to others and asked them to describe how they both see and understand the work. She employed a similar method with the use of a vocal soundtrack to create the visuals of her work “Screen Stories: N15” (2017) which is a video portrait series observing the art of story telling and “10 years Later” (2014) which is largely inspired by a radio transmission she heard in regards to the flooding that destroyed the village of Boscastle near her hometown in 2004.
Her documentary style video pieces highlight these ideas, and range from up-close and personal conversations, to a pigeon flying in the sky. Lucy prefers to use low-fi video cameras such as super8, 8mm, Hi8, CCTV cameras and VHS to capture an aesthetic of intimacy and honesty that allows the viewer to reflect on real experiences through the eye of a handheld camcorder and the subject. It is the digital parallel to the direction of her mixed media painting and collage works and serves as a deeply personal exploration of her immersion within her practice.
Words by Jake Nason