UK artist Lucy McLauchlan was invited to New Zealand in April 2017 for the Paradox street art festival hosted by Tauranga Art Gallery and curated by Oi YOU! This short film by Matt Watkins documents behind the scenes of Lucy's process and environment while featuring the sounds of two unique New Zealand musicians; Fis (Oliver Peryman) & Rob Thorne (Ngāti Tumutumu) with "Front Ear", a collaborative track taken from their LP "Clear Stones" released on Subtext Recordings.
Last week the Marrakech Biennale 6th edition launched. Founded in 2004, this is the first year that 'street art' has formed an integral part of the programme.
Alongside 10 other artists (from Moscow, Italy, UK, France, Germany and Morocco) I was invited to join the MB6StreetArt exhibition at the 'BAB Groupe' just nestled inside the Medina. Together we spread around Marrakech to paint murals within the city. All locations are on this map created by Urban Presents.
Exhibition study works 'Male', 'Reliant', 'Female (plural)', 'Female (singular)' Ink, acrylic, copper leaf on birch. 30 x 38cm 2016
Many thanks also to Ahmed, Amine and Ibrahim who helped with everything from ladders to sun hats.
Massive thanks to MB6StreetArt: Vestalia, Gladys, Elena and Terence for making it happen.
Ian Cox and Vanessa Lefebvre for the photography.
And of course to Matthew Watkins for keeping that rickety ladder upright to stop me falling off the roof...
So here I am...I was painting opposite local artist Kalamour. Each day we clambered up two levels, over Hassan's corrugated iron home where he kindly took care of our brushes and paint overnight, and onto the fragile rooftops that skirt the Place des Épices within the Souks. This was a delicate manoeuvre, trying not to fall through and...not to tred on one of the many decomposing corpses littering the area. Huge eagles, owls, chameleons, various unidentified bones and skulls lay scattered around, half wrapped in plastic or hidden in bins and bags. Turned out the proprietor below is a witch doctor and these remnants were essentially his 'supplies'...
Up high in the Atlas Mountains we painted the literacy school set up by the Abury Foundation.
A very warm and hospitable community who fed us throughout the day...
And finally...I never do interviews...even though i was dubbed with French translation I still don't think I'll ever do it again. TV. Not for me.
"How do we understand the concept of the local within an increasingly globalised context? What impact does the transformation of our local environment have on our identity and our communities?"
The New Art Gallery Walsall presents a powerful new group exhibition entitled Small Worlds, featuring large-scale paintings by Lucy McLauchlan alongside an international collection of works on the theme of the modern metropolis. Participating artists include AirSpace Gallery (Andrew Branscombe, Anna Francis, Glen Stoker), Graham Chorlton, Rita Donagh, Richard Forster, Cameron Galt, Andreas Gefeller, Naiza Khan, Stuart Layton, Lucy McLauchlan, Laura Oldfield Ford, Mark Power and Rashid Rana.
Lucy McLauchlan's ambitious new work is inspired by frequent visits to Warley Woods, a regenerated urban parkland near her home in Bearwood. Since it opened in 1906, it has witnessed many changes. Tennis courts and a family run ice cream business have now disappeared. A series of stunted beech trees were felled due to the saplings being planted too close together. Earlier studies draw on the deep scars of the saw and the fluorescent orange bruises from the sprayed markings indicating which trees were to be felled.
Having spent time studying the area, Lucy then embarked upon creating paintings in situ within the woods. Pulling a sledge to carry her paints, brushes and equipment, she has directly transferred some of the details and textures of the environment onto canvas to create the background for her subsequent drawings. Her approach is spontaneous, allowing the environment to inform and direct what is an experimental and explorative process. The drawings are then created in the gallery, evolving and emerging intuitively and in response to the accumulated marks and textures. Aside from black and white paint, found materials such as charcoal, earth and brick dust are applied, further connecting the work directly with both the natural and built environment.
Still taken from the film following the progress of the works by Matthew J Watkins and Lucy McLauchlan
commissioned for The New Art Gallery's resource centre.