Lucy Carty is a mixed media artist living and working in London. Her work is informed by the earth’s ever-changing natural environment, constantly modelled, carved, and coloured by the laws of nature. These natural forces and processes - gravity, tectonic movement, flooding, weathering and erosion for example - inspire her methods and use of materials, often resulting in complex, layered artworks that are interwoven and reworked like palimpsests, aged over time. In 2014 she returned from a trip to Iceland, where volcanic and geothermal activity make for a dynamic, volatile landscape and translated her experiences there into encaustic and mixed media artworks quite literally made of fire.
In March 2016 Lucy travelled to Antarctica with The Royal Navy, aboard HMS Protector as Artist in Residence for the Friends of The Scott Polar Research Institute. The programme, which is sponsored by Bonhams, provided her with a unique opportunity to experience firsthand one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Crossing The Drake Passage and travelling along the Peninsula towards Marguerite Bay, she spent five weeks taking in the incredible scenery and immersing herself in life aboard the ship.
Lucy studied Biology and Environmental Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and previously worked as a landscape architect before becoming an artist. She studied figurative sculpture at The Art Academy in London and the techniques and methods she learnt there have led to work that unites a love of science and nature with inquisitiveness and wonder.