Lucy Harvey creates objects and installations which respond to our relationship with collection. Her research-led projects explore how materials and process convey narrative and the ways in which the maker can manipulate these preconceptions. By mimicking and referencing methods of making and repair studied in everyday culture and museum archives Harvey creates intimate objects which hope to capture the multifaceted nature of narrative and its fractional capacity to make sense of the world around us. The function of personal and institutional collection motivates much of her work and through themes of misrepresentation she explores our desires for legacy and control.
Lucy Harvey’s enquiry-led work is held in the permanent collection at mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) and she has undertaken residencies and commissions for Aberystwyth Arts Centre, the National Glass Centre Sunderland, and The Art Fund. In 2010 the Crafts Council selected her for their prestigious Hothouse 2010 cohort, and in 2011 she was shortlisted for the Jerwood Visual Arts Maker's Open.