We love Lucy. (You will, too.)
Lucy Sparrow joins the PINC stage!
In the summer of 2014, The Cornershop opened up in London. But it wasn’t your typical grocery store, stockpiled with items to take home to prepare a meal. It was stockpiled with groceries made entirely of felt.
The BBC described it best - “a playful wonderland of felt groceries that makes you think about the way society has changed while gently caressing you with the tactile promise of squidgy marmite in a jar, strokable hobnobs and fuzzy oven chips straight from the freezer.”
Eight months. 14-hour days. 4,000 items, all made or finished by hand.
“It really was a labour of love,” said Lucy.
And this summer, she did it again. This time in New York.
Working at the intersection of contemporary art and craft, Lucy’s work sets the agenda for textiles within the urban art scene. She works mainly with felt and wood, creating oversized soft versions of existing objects and major art works.
The aim of ‘feltism’ is to question, playfully, the politics of artistic production and to tackle (often collaboratively) some of the realities of contemporary living, dealing with issues concerning the politics of consumerism, social exclusion and mental wellbeing.
She has advanced her arts practice and social agenda through her own solo shows ‘Imitation’ (2012, London) and ‘Softcore’ (2013 Nottingham). Her work has also been shown in the ‘Urban Take-Over’, the Victoria & Albert Museum’s touring Street Art exhibition. She furthermore has works in private and corporate collections in the EU and the US. Alongside her gallery-based practice, Sparrow has developed a series of participatory high-profile public art projects, including activist work with Greenpeace; and ‘mini-structures’, a six-month long commission for Time Out.
We look forward to having Lucy - and her playful artwork - at PINC this December.