For me that idea of time relates to sculpture because sculpture is always primarily a first-hand experience, and through sculpture you can drag references that are usually third, fourth, fifth hand and put them back into first-hand experience, although in a different way.
— Lucy Skaer, “A Brief History of Time,” The Skinny
We are pleased to present an artist’s talk by Lucy Skaer, who joins the Emily Carr community as the Fall 2015 Audain Distinguished Artist-in-Residence.
Primarily working with sculpture and drawing, Skaer’s practice encompasses a wide variety of materials and methods. Engaging with both traditional and contemporary manufacturing processes, her sculptures evoke the sense of a half-remembered history still present in the world around us. Deeply engaged with the materiality and providence of objects, Skaer’s work hovers between recognizable forms and abstracted symbols, drawing the viewer into unraveling narrative associations.
Skaer studied at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1997. Her work has been exhibited widely, with shows at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Kunsthalle Basel; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. She represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2009. Skaer produces film and photography alongside artist Rosalind Nashashibi under the name Nashashibi/Skaer and is part of the collective Henry VIII’s Wives.
The Audain Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Program, funded by Michael Audain and the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, enables the University to bring the world’s leading contemporary artists to live and work in Vancouver for a one- to three-month period. Guest artists and visiting lecturers are an integral part of the Emily Carr community. They complement students’ education and work with existing faculty, bringing new opportunities for collaboration and engagement.