Lucy Matthews

b. 1978

1999  - 2002 BSc in Psychology, University Of Canterbury, Christchurch. 

2004  - 2007 Diploma In Psychotherapy, Australian College of Contemporary Somatic 

            Psychotherapy, Sydney, Australia. 

2009 - 2012  B.F.A Sculpture, University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts, Christchurch 

My practice reflects my interest psychology, play and art therapy. A simple gesture, installation, image or experience that convey nuances of being human. I aim to provide new experiences that foster connection, a moment of introspection and gratitude, a platform to gain a different perspective of how we are in the word. Sometimes they are light and simple gestures and sometimes more pointed and serious but all consider and take to heart the human condition. I have an interest in making art accessible and relatable to wider audiences.

 

Shared Lines: Pūtahitanga 2020

This work takes inspiration from the murmuration of starlings or bats. The lockdown for me was a similar experience, feeling like I was part of some larger and profound movement but also doubting how my small and insignificant coordinate could really make a difference. Our individual points never touching, trusting that each takes up their role to form the whole. 

Through lockdown we committed to move spaciously in unison for a common goal. Be it on the footpath or at the supermarket, this act was a silent communication of care and respect for each other. This art work embodies visually the full power of

the collective, honouring the many coordinates that moved in unison.

 

Shared Lines: Christchurch / Sendai 2012

How to begin (2012) Clay