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Lucy Skaer’s multimedia practice is equal parts material and conceptual, drawing from a background of socially engaged and Environmental Art. Skaer works in sculpture, film, and printmaking, and exhibits artworks of various media alongside each other in complex installations. Often engaging collaboratively with her contemporaries or in concert with her predecessors, she examines the history of objects, events, and historical works of art, and how their meanings change over time. 

The veritable craftsmanship of individual artworks points to the inheritance of artistic techniques and contrasts handmade works with processes of reproduction. Altering the content of her source material, Skaer reanimates the significance of images in the collective consciousness. The use, ritual and history of the materials she uses are both implied and concealed, but there is a recurrent concern for their relationship to the landscape. Contrasting the structure of our daily lives with the expansive uncertainty of geologic time, Skaer’s work reminds us that value and meaning are abstract and ever-changing, and in this there is a utopian potential for re-definition.

Lucy Skaer (b. 1975 in Cambridge, UK) lives and works in London (UK ) and Glasgow (UK). She graduated from the Glasgow School of Art with Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art in 1997. In 2009, Skaer was a Turner Prize finalist, and in 2007 she represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale. She was a resident at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (US) in 2016 and at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver (CA) in 2015. 

Skaer’s recent solo exhibitions include: Future Sun, S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE); Day Divider, Meessen De Clerq, Brussels (BE); Heavy Weather, with works by Carol Rhodes & Hanneline Visnes, GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL); The Green Man, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (UK); Sentiment, Peter Freeman Inc., New York, NY (US); Available Fonts, Kunsthalle, Salzburg (AT); La Chasse, Kunstverein, Salzburg (AT); Available Fonts, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (DE); Una Casa Más Pequeña (The Smaller House), Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (MX); La Chasse, Musée, Régional d’Art Contemporain, Serignan (FR); Past Shows, GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL); Leonora, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury (UK); One Remove, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (NL); Sticks & Stones, Murray Guy, New York, NY (US); and Random House, Peter Freeman, New York, NY (US). 

Lucy Skaer’s work is inclused in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FR); EKARD collection; FRAC, Marseille (FR); Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow (UK); Government Art Collection, British Consulate General, New York (US); Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée, Sérignan (FR); Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (US); Tate, London (UK); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (US); UBS Art Collection, Zürich (CH) and many private collections.

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