12 April - 1 June 2014
Lucy Willow’s show Fallen is a very small animation of a dying goldfinch entirely surrounded by large-scale wall drawings inspired by Frenchman’s Creek, and the artist’s recent trip to China. Lucy has been working for over two years with images of a pair of goldfinches that crashed into the glass at Kestle Barton and died. During a short residency here in December last year, Lucy discovered Frenchman’s Creek for the first time and found the fallen trees in the low tide silt echoed her long-standing interest in transitory work and the relationship between ephemerality, mourning and loss in her practice. On returning to the gallery space, Lucy began working directly onto the walls, making a series of gestural marks influenced by a recent trip to China. About the process, Lucy says, ‘The process of making Fallen has been one of losing everything and finding it again, over and over, working in one area and losing it in another.’
Lucy Willow was born in 1967 in Whitstable, Kent. Willow lives and works in Cornwall and has exhibited widely. Her work first received acclaim with a series of Dust carpets made on location and for specific environments, Smithfield abattoir (2005), Old Romney Church (2005), Make it Real, Whitstable, Kent (2006), Art Now Cornwall, Tate St.Ives commission (2007). In 2001 Willow won the BAMS (British Art Medal Society) award for contemporary medal making. Willow exhibited at Royal Academy summer show (2002) whilst still a student. She has shown at Newlyn Art Gallery (2005), and has had a solo show at Salt Gallery (2007). Willow’s photographic work was presented for the first time with a solo show at Millennium Gallery St.Ives (2009). Willow was selected in 2009, with seven artists representing Cornwall, to show in London in a project called Gloria to coincide with Zoo Art 2009. In 2012 she became lecturer in Fine Art Sculpture at Falmouth University.