I have been exploring James Joyce’s Ulysses as part of my creative practice for a number of years and I am inspired by its experimentation, universality, immense positivity and generosity.
October 2019 – I really enjoyed a reading performance with the Necessary Animals at the Kino Teatr in St Leonards on Sea, using parts of the text of Ulysses with an improvised and experimental soundscape.
In August 2019 the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne opened a section of the main downstairs gallery and made 9 temporary artists studios, so visitors can see how artists work. It has been a fantastic experience and very well attended throughout the month.
I was lucky enough to be there for 6 days from 20 - 25 August and worked on some new paintings and drawings. I have been looking at the sounds and colours in the opening section of Episode 11 of Ulysses. It is fascinating developing visual work from the soundscape that is implicit in Ulysses - that chapter in particular references music and is sonically very beautiful. Recently I made a recording of this piece with Keith Rodway and I have been working from this recording to make some of this work. I have also been playing with an abandoned projector at the Towner and got some interesting images.
Working alongside other local artists was so interesting and inspiring - Jim Rosavere, Judith Alder and Claire Whistler to name but a few. Phoebe Unwin’s painting on at the Towner while I was there was a really excellent reference point.
Winter Bloom was an art and literature event held in Hastings, East Sussex in December 2017.
It was organised and curated by Lucy who invited two other visual artists to create work in response to texts from Joyce's Ulysses chosen by her. Their works were shown together with Lucy's Ulysses and the deep feminine series of drawings and alongside large prints of the Ulysses texts. There were also readings and discussions.
Lucy showcased some new work at open studio events as part of Coastal Currents in 2014 and 2016. Coastal Currents is an annual arts festival in East Sussex.
She showed new prints inspired by the History House series and new charcoal drawings, which are part of the Embodiment series - broadly exploring recurring themes around family life and her artistic practice.
Landscapes from the History House was exhibited at the London Irish Centre from November 2013 to January 2014. The exhibition was opened with a presentation by the Lucy, readings by poet Kieran Furey and a short recital of specially selected Irish music by Lesley Dawes accompanied by Alistair Dawes and a speech by Councillor Sally Mulready.
Selected paintings and prints from Landscapes from the History House were shown at the Atrium Gallery in Longford, Ireland, in June 2013. This was an important experience for Lucy giving form and purpose to this very local collaboration with poet Kieran Furey, near to its place of origin.
Paintings from the Further Down the Line series were first exhibited at the Atrium Gallery in 2005 in Longford, Ireland, and as a part of Approachings an exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon, Ireland in 2012.