noun pa·limp·sest \ˈpa-ləm(p)-ˌsest, pə-ˈlim(p)-\. : a very old document on which the original writing has been erased and replaced with new writing. Something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.
“Landforms may be combinations of different elements - either separate patches of different age and origin thus recording landform history, or combined together and over-printed in complex ways as palimpsests”
Kenneth J Gregory & John Lewin, The Basics of Geomorphology
Palimpsest began life as a sketch of a mountain scene in Landmannalauger, Iceland. As the work progressed, other landscape elements and conditions were introduced. Lakes emerged, ribbon rivers flowed, snow fell and skies grew dark. By building up and fusing the wax layers, Lucy was able to then excavate and wear away at the landscape on the surface. Sometimes the erosive effects are subtle and at other times rather drastic. Sudden cataclysmic events could obliterate hours of work gone before. Lucy is particularly interested in dualities and the cyclical nature of earth systems and as such, tries to keep her work balanced not just visually but also through the different creative processes involved in making the work. Lucy moves around her panels as she’s working and will often not know or worry about which way around the final piece should be hung. However, with Palimpsest it was important for her to offset the downward pull of the wax drips by hanging the work so that they flowed upwards towards what then became, a colourful northern sky.Fine Arts, Painting2015
The stunning and intricate weathered rock formations known as tafoni.Fine Arts, Sculpting2013
The word igneous comes from the latin ignis, meaning ‘fire’ and while igneous rocks may be the most common of the three main rock types on earth, they are arguably the most exciting simply given their association with volcanic activity. They form when magma (below the surface) or lava (above the surface) cools and solidifies.
Rocks are generally thought of as cold and hard, but these works investigate the more dramatic stories of a rock’s past life. They are works literally created with heat and fire using a technique known as encaustic, where pigmented wax is melted and manipulated using blow torches, heat guns and various other tools. Explosions of red, orange and yellow in these works are layered with areas of black, some glistening like obsidian, others porous and lava-like. Topographic symbols allude to a landscape from above then twist and merge with shrouded mountain profiles or jump into a close-up study sliced thin, as if to be mounted on a microscope slide.Fine Arts2015
Veins of volcanic ash are trapped between layers of ice, cracked and turned - brief moments of heated violence fossilised by the chill. These works were inspired by a visit to Iceland's Vatnajökull Glacier in June of last year.Fine Arts2015
(edition of 3)
cast resin & acrylic
45.2 x 45.2 x 6.5 cm
Erte Ale Volcano, in the Danakil Desert region of Ethiopia is famous for it’s lava lake. In the local Afar dialect, Erte Ale means ’smoking mountain’.Fine Arts, Sculpting2014
Inspired by a trip to Iceland last year, I began experimenting with encaustic painting (painting with hot, pigmented wax). My fascination with dualities in nature - violence/calm, vast/minuscule, hot/cold, solid/liquid - are all perfectly encapsulated in the landscape of this stunning country.Fine Arts, Painting2015
Pele is the Hawaiian Goddess of fire, lightening, wind, and volcanoes. Her spirit is said to live inside Kilauea Volcano and whenever there is an eruption on the Islands, Pele is thought to be expressing her longing to be with her lover.
Pele’s Breath was sculpted by pipetting hot wax into cooled water. The resulting ‘bursts’ of lava were then fused together and sculpted almost like a collage, to create the final piece. The wax positive was then moulded and cast in resin before being primed and painted.Fine Arts, Sculpting2014
Sulphur Cauldron is a highly acidic, boiling mud pool in Yellowstone National Park, which forms as steam and gas rise up from beneath the ground and react with the surrounding rocks to create clay.
The texture for this piece was created by pipetting melted wax into water that was heated to just below the wax’s own melting point, allowing just enough cooling time for spheres to form below the water’s surface. The wax positive was then moulded and cast in resin before being primed and painted.Fine Arts, Sculpting2014
Layer Upon Layer
(edition of 3)
cast resin & acrylic
47.2 x 47.2 x 6.5 cm
Inspired by images of lava terraces in Iceland, this piece was first sculpted in wax on board. The work was then moulded and cast in resin before being primed and painted.Fine Arts, Sculpting2014
Becomes the house we live in.
Who will want to sleep in your bed
If the roof leaks
Look what happens when the tongue
Cannot say to kindness,
"I will be your slave."
Covers her face with both hands
And can't bear
-HafizFine Arts, Sculpting2014
(edition of 10)
47.0 x 47.0 x 7.0 cm
The two sections which make up this piece were first sculpted in plaster before being moulded and cast in iron resin.Fine Arts, Sculpting2014