Lazarides has the pleasure in presenting Lucy McLauchlan’s second solo show with the gallery. Exhibiting a new body of work, McLauchlan’s distinctive caricatures appear in paintings, sculptures and site-specific installation.
Paint cans, ex-Police riot shields, doorways, camper vans, plastic containers, driftwood, and brick walls have all been transformed by Lucy McLauchlan’s graphic, fluid monochromatic style. In our technologically dominate age forget digital manipulation, McLauchlan prefers to stick with Indian ink or permanent marker often allowing the mistakes to take centre stage in her fantastical murals.
Her improvised wall paintings are organic, akin to Ivy as they sprawl across walls or urban sidewalks. Yet within her delicate work with all its intricate detail, she endeavors to reference her surroundings by incorporating various urban detritus. A recent site-specific piece amalgamated VHS cassette tapes, a guitar, a bin lid, lampshade, and car tire among other everyday paraphernalia highlighting the wastefulness of consumerism.
Highly influenced by her hometown of Birmingham and its conflict between industrious history and untouched countryside, McLauchlan’s expressive protagonists in their various guises incorporate a multitude of meaning. They allow her to personify current affairs and to capture the sentiment of a disjointed society in her unassuming beautiful approach.