16 August - 1 September 2019

Drawing parallels between the degradation of the dying human body and the way sentimental objects shed meaning with time, Lucy Quinn’s The Residue explores grief via objects and plants inherited ​due to her father’s passing. This new body of work translates these heirlooms into solemn reflections on the inevitable demise of flesh and memory, questioning how meaning is rendered and history lost with those who lived it. The Residue continues Quinn’s career-long exploration into the relationship between macro and micro perspectives and the interplay that occurs between solidity and fluidity, depth and light. Quinn works across a variety of media to create subtle, highly crafted contemporary works. This exhibition includes works that employ cast black lead crystal glass, an evocative and allegorical material that embodies both the delicacy and weight of her thematic concerns.

Lucy Quinn is an artist who works in a number of media. She explores themes of fluidity and light are explored through projection and video, and the solidity and static nature of cast glass objects. Lucy is interested in making highly crafted conceptual artworks that evoke physical and emotive response. Her works are often subtle and invite longer consideration. Lucy’s multidisciplinary practice includes sculpture, video and kiln-cast lead crystal. She creates contemporary conceptual glass sculpture using traditional craft-based techniques. Lucy was awarded a Thomas Foundation Artist in Residence at the Canberra Glassworks (2015). She explored the macro/micro and phenomenological experiences of site and space. Lucy also undertook residencies at the Prelinger Archive in San Francisco (2015) and Bundanon Trust (2009 and 2011). Lucy studied at Australian National University and has a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Honours First Class from the School of Art (2007) receiving the Peter & Lena Karmel award for the top-ranking student. In 2010 she received the National Museum of Australia Scholarship and completed her Master Degree in Liberal Arts (Museums and Collections), through the Australian National University Research School of Humanities and the Arts.


Outer Space acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land where this project takes place, Meanjin, and pays respect to Elders - past, present and emerging. 

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Outer Space  is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Outer Space is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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