AA2A Artist

Lucy Wright

Year:
2022-23
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I am an artist living in Leeds. My practice, which draws on more than ten years of research into lesser-recognised female and queer-led folk customs and performances, includes both painting and socially engaged practice.

During my AA2A project, I tell you this to break your heart, I will work on a series of paintings which take as their starting point Renaissance images of Mary Magdalene as a hermit, covered head to toe in thick body hair. An example of the ‘Christianisation’ of a folk archetype—the wild woman—the image has become a symbol of my own recent bereavement, the hair as protection and adaptation in a changed and often inhospitable world. Also influenced by the work of textile artist Faith Ringold and my grandmother, who was a skilled quilter, the paintings will borrow from the aesthetics of embroidery and illuminated manuscripts to reflect on the contested relationships between human beings and the landscape and the consolations of time spent in solitude and in nature.

The second strand of the project will be a written manifesto, ‘Folk Is An Environmental Issue’, which follows up my 2021 piece, ‘Folk Is A Feminist Issue’ (see: https://www.folkisfeminist.com/manifesta). Realising that my existing treatise, aimed at asserting the value of ‘everyday’, uninstitutionalised and non-mimetic arts practices in the landscape of arts and cultural policy, was too anthropocentric, I will create a new text which speaks to the agency of non-human species and the ways we can work together to address the crisis of our broken planet.

The AA2A project will give me the valuable opportunity to work at an expanded scale using processes and equipment otherwise inaccessible to me in my small home ‘studio’ space.

I am an artist living in Leeds. My practice, which draws on more than ten years of research into lesser-recognised female and queer-led folk customs and performances, includes both painting and socially engaged practice.

During my AA2A project, I tell you this to break your heart, I will work on a series of paintings which take as their starting point Renaissance images of Mary Magdalene as a hermit, covered head to toe in thick body hair. An example of the ‘Christianisation’ of a folk archetype—the wild woman—the image has become a symbol of my own recent bereavement, the hair as protection and adaptation in a changed and often inhospitable world. Also influenced by the work of textile artist Faith Ringold and my grandmother, who was a skilled quilter, the paintings will borrow from the aesthetics of embroidery and illuminated manuscripts to reflect on the contested relationships between human beings and the landscape and the consolations of time spent in solitude and in nature.

The second strand of the project will be a written manifesto, ‘Folk Is An Environmental Issue’, which follows up my 2021 piece, ‘Folk Is A Feminist Issue’ (see: https://www.folkisfeminist.com/manifesta). Realising that my existing treatise, aimed at asserting the value of ‘everyday’, uninstitutionalised and non-mimetic arts practices in the landscape of arts and cultural policy, was too anthropocentric, I will create a new text which speaks to the agency of non-human species and the ways we can work together to address the crisis of our broken planet.

The AA2A project will give me the valuable opportunity to work at an expanded scale using processes and equipment otherwise inaccessible to me in my small home ‘studio’ space.

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