Lucy Hersey is an emerging artist from regional Victoria.
Sustainability, and a connection to nature is central to her practice, as she collects natural materials, mainly clays and earth, to mix her own earth pigment based paints.
Her local landscape informs her paintings, and is primarily the subject, from rolling Gippsland hills, and expansive skies, to intimate gullies and secret streams.
- Shortlisted, Ravenswood Australian Womens Art Prize 2022
- Lethbridge Landscape Prize, Salon des Refuses 2023
- ARC winery, Art Label collection. 13 artworks commissioned for the 2023 season wines
What medium do you work with, and why have you chosen them?
I am equally interested in the process and history of paint making, as I am in the action of painting. I make my own paint from locally collected, natural materials. For me, being able to physically hold the landscape in my hand, process it into paint, and ultimately work it into the canvas is the complete resolution of expression.
How does your artwork get from initial concept to exhibition stage?
It's hard to say exactly when an individual painting starts; as I am always collecting material to make paint, and might use something immediately - or hold on for a long time until the right moment. Likewise with concepts. I do write a lot of notes, and I find ideas will resurface until I am able to 'paint them out'. In terms of process - recognisable compositions begin with making small oil or watercolour studies, usually en plein air - which will inform larger studio works in earth pigments. I will work through an idea until I find the 'end', and then I know the body of work is complete and ready to be shared.
Can you tell us a little more about your creative working environment/studio?
I try to be quite sustainable, and self sufficient in my art practice, and am constantly experimenting with ways I can make my own, find natural alternatives or substitute ingredients. There are usually empty jam jars sitting around brewing colour (or forgotten and going mouldy…!), an assortment of shells, bones, seeds and other treasures I have collected. Buckets of rocks to be made into paint (these I organise into general colours which is very satisfying). Works in progress, which I move around a lot (I like to work on the wall), and the ensuing drips and grit that falls to the floor below.