Lucy Skaer makes drawings, sculptures and films, often combining them in installations of all three. Her work has its origin in found images ? photographs from newspapers and books, pictures sourced from the internet, paintings and sculptures by other artists - which the artist works and reworks, transforming them while retaining a sense of their original meaning and physical form.
She has spoken about wanting her work to operate as "a portal into a space beyond comprehension", about "playing around with what can and can't be represented, making a seemingly easy jumping-off point into something beyond the system being used to represent it". Often beautiful, always formally and conceptually intriguing, Skaer's work pits representation and recognition against abstraction and ambiguity.
Born in Cambridge in 1975 and trained in the Environmental Art Department of the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1997. Skaer is gaining a considerable international reputation, and was one of the six artists who represented Scotland at the 2007 Venice Biennale. This exhibition is an opportunity to see work newly commissioned for The Fruitmarket Gallery, in the context of Skaer's practice as it
has developed since 2001.