°1975, Cambridge (UK) – lives and works in Glasgow (UK)
In Lucy Skaer’s art ordinary distinctions and definitions do not apply. The difference between categories we think of as opposites – such as the living and the dead, the present and the past, meaning and meaninglessness – are constantly revisited as she works to transform materials and ideas.
Skaer works in many different ways using film, drawings, sculpture, craft or decorative objects, prints, glass and ceramics. She is interested in images, materials and objects and how their meaning, importance or economic value might shift if they change role, shape or appearance. She once placed a diamond and a scorpion side by side on an Amsterdam pavement; both of course were made of carbon. She has cast modern bronze in 4,000-year-old moulds and remade a famous twentieth-century sculpture, Bird in Space, by Constantin Brancusi, in compacted coal dust.
Reflecting the way that her own approach to art is fluid, she is never guided by a single approach to a problem or a single way of thinking, Skaer also works with other artists. With Rosalind Nashashibi she works in film and photography as Nashashibi/Skaer. She is also part of the artists’ collective Henry VIII’s Wives, a group of artists who met when they studied in the Environmental Art Department at the Glasgow School of Art.
(courtesy of Generation Scotland)
Solo exhibitions include Tramways, Glasgow; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Sculpture Center, New York; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; and Chisenhale Gallery, London. In 2009 she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for her solo exhibition A Boat Used as a Vessel at Kunsthalle, Basel.
Lucy Skaer’s work was also part of group exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Extra City, Antwerp; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid; De Vleeshallen, Middelburg; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate Britain, London; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Lucy Skaer is represented by the following galleries;
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You can also find plenty more information on Lucy Skaer and her work on the website of Generation Scotland.