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Lucy Willow

Artist and Senior lecturer in fine art at Falmouth University (2012-) Lucy Willow lives and works in Cornwall and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Her work first received acclaim with a series of dust carpets made on location and for specific environments, Smithfield abattoir (2005), Old Romney Church (2005), Make it Real, Whitstable, Kent (2006), Art Now Cornwall, Tate St.Ives commission (2007). In December 2015 she was artist in residence at HERE factory in Iceland where her work was strongly influenced by the dark winter months and bleak landscape. In March 2016 she became artist in residence in Guangzhou China as part of an arts international program and had a solo exhibition in Redtory arts district, Guangzhou (2016). In 2014 Lucy set up Cafe Morte a research group with colleagues, students, and artists. As a group each member led a critical debate or discussion relating to death starting with an object, artwork, film, or text to generate a series of questions and ideas relating to death. Curated exhibitions include Lost for Words (January 2016) and The Tears Of Things (February 2017)
In 2020 Lucy set up an organisation DUST from an old shop in Penzance as an artist led project space to bring together artists, artefacts, members of the community to share conversations relating to death and how we care for the dead. From this space she hosts regular Cafe Morte conversations, artist talks and events.

Published in Malady and Mortality: Illness, Disease and Death in Literary and Visual Culture (2016) Chapter: The last Portrait, a microscopic view of transience, mourning and loss.


email: lucy.willow@falmouth.ac.uk

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