Lucy Bentham

12 – 24 February

Lucy primarily works with analogue photography, not limiting her work to a particular category or style. She achieved a BA in Photography from the University of the West of England and an MA in Photography and the book from the University of Plymouth, taught by Jem Southam, Liz Wells, Liz Nicol and David Chandler. She has won an IdeasTap Innovators Award for her curation and have been showing work internationally in galleries and publications since 2011.

Artist Statement

The majority of my work is conceptually driven, revolving around personal themes, seeking a sense of belonging, and reflecting on life’s transitions. Influenced by the world around me, I often comment on the personal significance of ostensibly mundane circumstances to form a narrative as an observer and occasional participant. My key interests are the female artist, the imagination, landscape, portraiture, and the juxtaposition of the written word with the photographic image.

Coralline and Other Things is a body of work in response to Stonework (2016-ongoing), which is a response to Escape Theory (2015-ongoing); a nesting doll of projects all based on notions of escapism, the female artist, gender roles, and mental health. In Stonework, the stones are provided by my partner from business trips and are symbolic of his freedom. They are returned to me in the isolation of the domestic space where they metamorphose into signifiers of grounding myself in their places of origin. In Coralline and Other Things, I went to a beautiful place and collected the rocks and things myself, before picking them out one-by-one, making each thing individual and important.