Lot 18 - Lucy Churchill - Sheela-Na-Gig (Inspired by 11thc Irish figure in the British Museum)
Ink Pen on Paper
Signed on Verso
Curated by Carrie Scott
Lucy Churchill is a sculptor whose innovative, taboo-breaking work addresses women's sexuality and body-autonomy with a frank female gaze.
Classically trained as a stonecarver in the architectural and memorial trade (her work adorns cathedrals and churchyards across Britain) she broke free from tradition as a result of the #MeToo movement.
Combining Direct Carving into stone and bone with 3D scanning, printing and casting she turns her unique sculptures into statement jewellery and pop-art figurines. By developing the original stonecarvings in this way, wider access is given to her art and funds raised for charities supporting trauma recovery and women's health, period poverty and abortion rights.
While inviting conversation on challenging topics, her work is imbued with an underlying sense of reverence and soothing tactility.
(Training period between 1985 - 2000)
An art degree, museum internship, diplomas and traditional craft apprenticeships in the stonecarving trade:
Degree in 3-Dimensional Design from Middlesex University, London
Internship at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Diploma in Historic Architectural Stonecarving at City & Guilds of London Art School
Diploma in Masonry from Building Crafts Training School, London
Apprenticeship at Dick Reid's Workshop, York
Apprenticeship at Richard Kindersley's Workshop, London
Apprenticeship at Rattee & Ketts Historic Building Restoration, Cambridge
Apprenticeship at The Carving Workshop, Cambridge
2000 onwards: Freelance stonecarver carving memorials and architectural details.
2009: 'Art & Memory Exhibition' at West Dean, Sussex. My 'Cupped Hands' is now on permanent display at Grimthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire.
The Art of Protest Gallery, York. (Solo sculpture show).
'Walk Bye', New Jersey, US. (Group show of images).
The Art of Protest Gallery, York. (New collection of sculpture).
Seattle Erotic Art Fair, Seattle, US. (Painted casts of Anasyrma).
Museum of Sex Objects, The Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, London. (Sheela-Na-Gig).
Bull Farm Gallery, New York State, US. ('Mother Earth', group show).
Private venue group shows curated by Carrie Scott.
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago Illinois, US. ('ROE 2.0' group show).
The Art of Protest Gallery, York.
Carrie Scott, London.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artworks
The postcard drawings are based on my stone sculptures, carved as act of reconciliation with my body after sexual abuse. Consciously and unconsciously I found myself tapping into and getting sustenance from ancient depictions of the 'Sacred Wound' and 'Anasyrma'. This gesture of lifting one's skirt to display the genitals can be an apotropaic device to ward off evil, or to provoke laughter and healing. It is a defiant act that is increasingly re-emerging in political protests around the world. The Sheela-na-gig is a tribute to the 12th century Irish stonecarving that was recently included in the British Museum's Feminine Power exhibition.
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