‘We are all unique but are connected’.
The series of textile works on display in the Foyer Gallery are by artist Lucy Sugden. In creating these new pieces, Sugden has been inspired by the way in which things that first appear to be all the same can, on closer inspection, often be quite different. As the artist explains, she is ‘intrigued by the way in which people try to make sense of the world by categorising things, putting unseen labels on people, placing ourselves and each other into unseen boxes’.
The textiles are constructed using woven tapestry techniques, which Sugden describes as ‘exploring ideas around the individual and the collective group. If we are in a box are we isolated or liberated, do we want to be part of a group, follow a crowd or are we content in being an individual?’ The series was created at a time when Sugden was also questioning her own identities, through her experience as a mother returning to work, and her awareness of how technology and social media had changed so much during this career break.
The series also considers issues around mental health and the individual’s state of mind. As the artist explains, ‘having watched people close to me deal with struggles and see how the medical profession places them into boxes made it even clearer to me how unique we all are, and how these boxes don’t work’.
Sugden has lived in Letchworth for almost thirty years. She is a member of Herts Visual Arts and will be taking part in Open Studios this September.
For more information visit www.lucysugden.co.uk