Lucy Carter b. 1995
Lucy Carter, from Hampshire, England is currently studying her Masters in Fine Art at University of Chichester, where she also studied her BA. Her work currently focuses on Digital Prints and Furniture Installation, which consist of a variety of second hand objects; therefor beginning to tell their own story. The objects can be classed as having ‘genteel’ or ‘kitsch’ qualities, given that they are ‘mimics’ from a particular period in time. Fascinated primarily by the 1970’s, Lucy’s digital prints include a variation of bold, flat and vivid colours, along with 70’s backdrops consisting of organic and immersive structures and illusionistic shadows created by the use of projection. The objects play a humorous yet surreal part within the prints. Lucy composes her images in different ways, by photographing the objects positioned in a unique and unfamiliar way as one of her starting points. These then get translated digitally by being composed and layered until Lucy is satisfied with her arrangement.
Confident with the use of colour, Lucy ensures to keep her digital prints vibrant and luxurious, putting together colours, which represent both the 60’s and 70’s, whilst strongly trusting her judgement on the contrasts of colour she chooses by eye.
“I intend to engage with my audience by getting them to think about furniture and objects they have within their own homes when viewing my prints. The initial thought of, what could they be getting up to when you leave the house?”
By portraying these objects full of character and individuality within a flat, 2-D image, gives Lucy the opportunity to express the visual qualities of the objects, combined with dream-like environments, allowing for her audience to wonder what is real and what is not, understanding that her audience will be familiar with some aspects, and unfamiliar with others. Not only that, but it is important for Lucy to work with these objects in particular, as she finds herself ‘longing to experience a certain period of time, allowing her to connect to the past.’