'Grit' is a work in progress inspired by Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition, one half of the The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition - an epic story of leadership, comradeship and determination to survive in the harshest of environments. The seeds of the project were planted back in February 2016, when Lucy first saw expedition photographer, Frank Hurley's glass plate negatives at 'The Enduring Eye' exhibit at The Royal Geographical Society. Guided very generously by friend and master gilder, Giuseppe Minetti she learnt about a technique called verre églomisé, which allowed her to utilise materials associated with Hurley's photographic process - glass, silver and gelatine. The resulting works are inspired by his portraits of the 28 men, the antarctic landscape and the incredible descriptions of the men's living conditions, particularly of the 'snuggery' on Elephant Island, where Hurley's makeshift stove helped to keep the the men warm and fed.
Expedition meteorologist, Leonard Hussey's banjo playing proved crucial in keeping up the spirits of the stranded men throughout their ordeal and Hussey wrote, "Sir Ernest saved the banjo just before the ship sank saying, 'We must have that banjo if we lose all our food, it's vital mental medicine.' “
Music is by Benji Flaming. Find him here on iTunes.