"Art making is a mode of enquiry, through which I explore what it means to be a person in the world and how we are connected to each other. I am fascinated by the borderlines between things: how thinking relates to the outside world; the tension between representation and abstraction. I am interested in processes of transformation, including psychotherapy and alchemy; psychoanalytic theories and ideas about containment and carrying also influence my work.
Whilst drawing is at the heart of my practice, I explore different mediums (including clay and paint) and different techniques in order to develop my ideas. I approach my work with a spirit of experimentation, continually testing out and reflecting. I hope that, through my artworking, I can pose questions that other people can relate to - rather than present answers. I am interested in the idea of art as dialogue, linking maker and viewer".
Lucy Gresley 2016
Award in Education and Training (Level 3), Gloucestershire College, Cheltenham.
MA Module Art & Archaeology Contemporary Theory and Practice, University of the Highlands and Islands, Orkney.
BA Fine Art, Painting and Drawing, University of Gloucestershire.
DClinPsy, Doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology, University of Exeter.
MSc Research and Evaluation Methods, NESCOT, Open University.
BSc Psychology, University of Southampton.
Employment & projects:
Research Impact Consultant, School of Art & Design, University of Gloucestershire, May 2019 - ongoing.
Art tutor (Ceramics - hand building) for ArtShape, Gloucestershire, a charity running arts courses and projects with a specific focus on disability issues and social inclusion (see https://artshape.co.uk )
Artist in residence for the 'Curatorial Futures' symposium, School of Art & Design. University of Gloucestershire, 5-6th February, 2019.
Visiting artist for 'Contemporary Drawing & Practice as Enquiry', MA Fine Art, School of Art & Design, University of Gloucestershire, Sept 2018.
Writer in residence for the 'Speculative Art School', School of Art & Design. University of Gloucestershire, 12-13th June, 2018.
Re-searcher in residence at the 'Drawing Through Time and Image' contemporary drawing symposium, Hardwick Gallery/ School of Art & Design, University of Gloucestershire, March 2018.