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14/10/2022 - 23/12/2022

Contemporary - Mixed Medium


Lucy Heyward - Thoughts That Smell Like Memories

Handel Street Projects is pleased to present a second exhibition with the gallery of works by Lucy Heyward, curated by Dr Jo Melvin.

Without being blatant Heyward’s recent work mines a latent biographical sensibility. She combines the texture of materials – glass, cloth, bone, grape stalks, wood, plaster – to create a rich concertina of recollection. She uses drawing, photography, film, sculpture and responds to functional, manufactured objects for example a large-scale drawing, ‘Perimeter’ is generated by a desk. Organic forms are equally present in her practice. The sculpture ‘Interloper’ is constructed from grape stalks. Heyward conjures with potent rhizomatic or specific memories, which may resonate in the mind of the viewer. Sound and duration are explicit or implicit in her work.

‘Where I start is usually far away from where I end’ – and yet in a mysterious and non-procedural way, the beginning invokes those as yet to be defined states, shifts and non-sequiturs through their unfolding resolutions. And then the ‘object’ beheld alludes to unfolding, backwards and forwards, to the past and to the leaping shift into what might equally concretise or slip away.

In works such as ‘Perimeter’, ‘Sundial’, ‘Heatwave', ‘Interloper’ so much is contained in so little or apparently slight, it makes us stop in our tracks and rethink, reimagine thought as a spontaneous link with something buried within.



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