AboutThe physical object the box, the block and the canvas steps backwards, and the words step forwards or vice versa; the object is becoming less and less object and more and more something else, and the words are becoming more and more objects until they find a way to meetâ¦ I'm trying to see objects as poems, poems as paintings. All those things for me; painting, poem, object, are like the interchangeable sides of a triangle and at certain points they are almost completely indistinguishable in the space they take up in my mind.
In her first solo show in London, the paintings, drawings, and sculptures of Lucy Conochie combine the autumnal hum of a pastoral idealism with an austere use of the written word. With a hesitant, fecund atmosphere, her text paintings and objects become taciturn propositions of the forms our thoughts can take. Warm colours and raw materials combine with short, poem-like statements to create landscapes that sit uneasily between physical and emotional facts.
This space-specific installation is made as a result of a residency at the Performing Arts Forum, France, and includes a handmade publication made in collaboration with the writer and curator Chris Fite-Wassilak.
Lucy Conochie was born in Harlow, England. She graduated from Slade School of Art (MA) in 2007. Her solo show âLove & War was at Outpost Gallery in 2009. Conochie currently lives and works in London. http://www.lucyconochie.co.uk/
Chris Fite-Wassilak is a writer and curator based in London. He was the curator of the Hayward Touring group show 'Quiet Revolution,' as well as co-curator with Gavin Murphy of the London-Dublin group exhibition 'Automatic.' He is a regular contributor to ArtPapers, FlashArt and Frieze, as well as writing for Art and Austalia, Artforum.com, Artreview, Circa, and the Visual Artists Newsletter. www.growgnome.com
This exhibition is supported by Arts Council England