1. Maxwell’s demon keeps ‘The Widening Gyre’ turning, 2019, Gouache on carbonised bamboo, oak frame, 62 x 42 x 14 cm, Courtesy of the artist.
2. The Cosmic Battle: neither devils nor divines, 2019, Gouache on carbonised bamboo, oak frame, 62 x 42 x 14 cm, Courtesy of the artist.
Lucy Parkinson graduated from the VCA with a Masters of Contemporary Art in 2018 and now lives in Walkerville. As an artist and a mother of two boys, Parkinson understands the importance of storytelling in shaping perception.
The artist claims an interest in rituals, myths, theology, astrophysics and time. Like several artists featured by Latrobe Regional Gallery recently, Parkinson is interested in relationships between art and science. This interest in science and art, the artist hopes, will “serve to contemplate” our embedded, interconnected and entanglement with “nature, matter and one another”.
In her dioramas, she creates a stage for storytelling that places myth and science together to create unstable and subjective worlds.
In commenting on her practice, the artist has written; “In composting source material from different disciplines and times together in wooden dioramas which resemble children’s pop up books, I hope to contribute to storytelling practices, cracking open traditions to reveal the roost of bias and create new genealogies which widen the intuitions of reality.”
In aesthetic terms, her work presents high keyed colours with figures and shapes set into a stage-like space. A part of the artist’s practice has been carnival set-piece painting for Luna Park and public murals.