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Lucy Aiken

11" x 15"


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Through paintings, prints, and fiber installations, I create atmospheres and arrangements inspired by biological forms. My interest in spaces of containment and preservation translates these forms into abstract repositories that record my experiences of intimacy and loss. My work reflects associations drawn between private relationships and natural environments.

A development of Victorian Era etiquette, flowers and plants were used to subtly communicate messages of affection that were restricted from personal interaction by societal conventions. Meaning varied, depending on the species and arrangements. Stemming from my interest in the symbolism behind cryptic flower arranging, I make these pieces to confess, admit, and share my personal narrative.

My large acrylic paintings and fiber pieces examine the macroscopic scale of human perception. Made of many small marks, my smaller prints allow me to understand the subtle patterns and variations found in nature. The use of organic fibers such as felt, silk, and embroidery are my tools for understanding surface and texture.

Painterly strategies of color and composition are involved in all of my artwork, regardless of material. Putrid yellows and greens reference the decomposition and regeneration of plant life; while tans, pinks, and browns communicate the fertility of earth and body. I build up a history of strokes and forms, until I achieve flat, floating form in shallow space. Seed, pod, and spore-like imagery become metaphors for cycles of growth and decay. These forms also resemble bodily orifices and sexual organs. The concept of body is not separate from geography, as everyone is affected by the landscape they exist in. By examining cycles of botanical propagation and connecting them to human behavior, my work clarifies and supports the intimacies of my private relationships. 

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