Lucy Stein She sells shellfish, 2017
Lucy Stein’s design originates from a photograph of one of the props or ‘psychic’ objects that populate her studio and inform her paintings. In western traditions the scallop shell is a symbol of pilgrimage. The grooved lines, meeting at a single point, are associated with pathways on a spiritual journey leading to a universal center. In Botticelli’s iconic painting The Birth of Venus, the scallop shell is the vehicle for the protagonist’s voyage across the sea. Alluding to the female figure and mirroring the grooves in the shell, the bloody tampon in Stein’s homage is an abject yet potent contemporary symbol of femininity and fertility.
Lucy Stein is an artist based in Cornwall. Recent solo exhibitions include On Celticity, curated by Paula Clerico at Rodeo gallery in London, 2016, and Moonblood/Bloodmoon at gallery Gregor Staiger in Zurich 2015. She was recently artist in residence at Tate St Ives, and co-curated the group exhibition NEO-PAGAN-BITCH-WITCH! with France-Lise McGurn at Evelyn Yard, London. Lucy is also one half of artist duo BLISS, with Simon Bayliss, who held the exhibition REGRESSION at Kingsgate Workshops, London, in 2016.
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