Slash & D Form Excavation


Landscape is the context and source of inspiration for Lucy Strachan's Sculpture. Her work addresses how we respond to the environment and presents new ways of looking at the world around us. Principally she is an object maker working within two main areas. One aim is to create forms that in someway visually interact with the view, questioning our visual expectations of a scene and exploring the transition between a 2D image and the 3D reality. Secondly, to balance the prescriptive nature of those sculptures that have a specific visual function. She makes free hand drawings of spirals and serpent forms, using her own instinctive geometry unencumbered by the strictures of formal mathematics. The drawings are then cut out and the edges joined together in such a way that the flat material is forced to take up three-dimensional space. By marrying the process of pattern cutting to her chosen materials objects are born that are structurally managed but have their own autonomy. Lucy Strachan's sculptures have integrity, a sense of purpose and a common goal - to exist on equal terms alongside objects from the natural world.

 Lucy Strachan received her MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 1984.  Since then Strachan has been continually showing her work both nationally and internationally. Her work has been seen in the ICA, Battersea Arts Centre, Serpentine Gallery, City Racing, and Camden Arts Centre. Her work is part of the collections of the Contemporary Arts Society, Ferrens Museum and Brighton University. Strachan has worked as a visiting tutor in Royal college of Art, Chelsea School of Art, and Goldsmiths University to name a few. She currently works and lives in Pewsey.

As a change from the Broadcasters usual exhibition method, Lucy Strachan exhibited two sculpture works outside both chapels. Having made Slash and Landscape Eclipsed (seen below) she became captivated by the idea of creating a positive form from a negative space. D Form Excavation, shown in Waddington, is a simple form that pertains to the landscape around a negative space or illusion. It is constructed from fibre glass sheet, resin and tufted polypropylene. Slash, 2008 was shown outside the Wellingore branch; weather permitting. Inside each board is a drawing, both (untitled) showing a 2D rendering of negative space created by a positive form. 


Lucy Strachan : Winter 2013