Lucy Carty is an artist whose work is inspired by scientific and environmental imagery. Today’s technology allows us to see nature in ways we never before could have imagined, revealing new perspectives and depths of beauty previously hidden from normal sight. Perceptions of scale in these images are often ambiguous, particularly if they are seen in isolation and they can appear abstract, leaving a viewer with little knowledge of the subject to experience the images on very much an aesthetic and emotional level.
Images which capture Lucy’s imagination lead her on a journey of sculptural discovery, exploring not only the subject of the images themselves, but also the methods by which she will go about creating them. Crucial to this is her use of nature as a metaphor for art. The earth is a work in progress. Ever-changing natural environments are modelled, carved and coloured by the laws of nature and it is these natural forces and processes - gravity, tectonic movement, flooding, weathering and erosion, for example that inspire her use of materials.
Lucy studied Biology and Environmental Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and previously worked as a landscape architect before pursuing a career as an artist. She studied figurative sculpture at The Art Academy in London and the techniques and methods she learnt there have translated into work that brings together both her love of science and nature and her desire to create.