The Blue Of Distance

Lucy May Schofield

13 January  – 9 February 2018

I explore the space between the notion of home and the unfamiliar. The increasing separation we can experience from our connection to the daily rhythms of the sun and moon has elevated my interest in work that turns our gaze to the patterns of life and the nature of the everyday. I am interested in developing conversations around isolation and intimacy, impermanence and loneliness through a magnification of intangible elements such as light and time. Migration and dislocation, vulnerability and a state of belonging continue to be recurrent themes I return to.

Being open to the way in which time behaves in remote places has resonated in ritualistic and repetitive acts of paper making, printmaking, stitch and photography. In collaboration with the empty expansive landscapes of Northumbria, I have spent the past year marking the seasonal shifts during the Equinox and Solstice to locate myself in the unfamiliar. Meditating on how light travels, the earth’s rotation, and the phases of the moon have inspired performative acts incorporating cyanotype, time-lapse video, installation and stitch.

Biography

Based in rural Northumberland, after spending a year as artist-in-residence with Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC), my practice is predominantly residency-based. Since graduating from London College of Printing in 2002, I was awarded a 2 year residency at Manchester School of Art, where I also worked as an Associate Lecturer until 2010. In 2011 I relocated to Japan, where my interest in printmaking developed through the MI-LAB residency program. As joint recipient of a British Council International development award in 2015, I initiated a collaborative project at IMPACT 9 Printmaking Conference in China. The project traveled to Southern Graphics Conference International (SGCI) in Portland, USA in 2016.

Residencies at Hospitalfield in Scotland, Kala Art Institute in California and NES in Northern Iceland have informed a collaborative approach to research and developed an exploration in durational work in combination with printmaking. Works are held in public and private collections including Tate Britain, Yale Center for British Art, Stanford University, Chelsea College of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, State Library of Queensland and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Recent work has been presented at Art Toronto, The London Art Fair and The University of Hawai’i, where I received the Awagami Paper Prize.