Welcome to Lucy's art practice Web site. This site contains pictures and documents relating to Lucy's undergraduate and professional practice in fine art. To find out more about Lucy Smith, please see below.
To read about Lucy's work on the role of art in the public education curriculum, click here
For a listing of Lucy's recent professional practice, please click this link.
About Lucy Smith
Lucy Smith graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, with a first class B.A. (Hons) Fine Art degree in the summer of 2019. She was also awarded the University's Alastair Smart Memorial Prize for Sculpture for her work exhibited in the 2019 degree show.
Lucy’s work explores the impact of how social and educational issues relate to the formation of communities, their customs and initiatives. Her background in education and musical performance informs her collaborative approach to making artworks that are fuelled by the idea that creativity and imagination can influence well-being, tease out ways that individuals can maximise their own unique potential, and can participate in and add value to a community.
Lucy works in bronze, wood, print and composition. She allows these materials to develop possibilities and draw out ideas, and uses a range of techniques that eliminate, reduce, rotate, invert, overlay, crop, reverse and ‘sound’ her ideas, thus demonstrating the way a concept can be perceived in unexpected ways.
Lucy is now undertaking research for a practice-led PhD at the University of Dundee.
Her subject of research is in the role of art in improving the visual comprehension of science and mathematics.
Making the Conceptual Tangible: The Role of Art in the Understanding of Mathematics and Physics
Can art be effective in making abstract or conceptual knowledge accessible to non-conceptual learners? How might art maximise observation, questioning, critical thinking and learning? How effective, for example, might kinetic sculpture, performance and sound art, be in capturing interest in, communicating, and aiding comprehension of abstract concepts?
To address these questions Lucy makes sculpture that visibly and audibly demonstrates particular abstract or conceptual phenomena, e.g wave theory, harmonic ratios or musical resonance. Through creative responses to her research on artists such as Gabo, Takis, Eliasson and Soto Lucy works towards developing art pieces in a transdisciplinary way, where the art explores abstract concepts through tangible exhibits.
Lucy hypothesises that access to difficult concepts can be eased by harnessing art in a multi-modal way, through focusing on subject overlap between maths and art, and through understanding the individual’s learning style and their response to the unique language of art. Multi-modality includes the construction of sculpture employing two or more aspects such as shape and pattern, scale, sound, resonant frequencies, dissonance, motion and physical interaction.
Lucy's creative approach to interdisciplinary research highlights the value of art as significant for knowledge acquisition and understanding perspectives. An equally important aspect also involves addressing a culture where there is a feeling that maths and science are difficult, leading to disengagement early in education. To promote accessibility and the beauty of mathematics and science in their many expressions of the universe is key to encouraging enjoyment and confidence in learning.
Final degree show sculpture and artist's statement - Lucy Smith
Through her interest in the formation of communities, Lucy Smith explores how historical and social aspects of the landscape around the River Tay have been defined and developed by this life-sustaining waterway. After a long career in music and education, Lucy’s art reflects the belief that the creativity and imagination cultivated in childhood learning gives expression to the shape of communities we create in adulthood and, as such, are echoed in the landscapes we leave behind.
Working in sculpture and composition, Lucy has responded to the dynamic presence of the River Tay by tuning in to the medieval settlement at Balmerino Abbey, on the south bank of the river, where a centuries-old Spanish chestnut grows, alongside walnut and beech trees, and contrasts this with the impact of Dundee’s industrial past on the opposite bank of the Tay.
Using a range of techniques that reduce, simplify, notate and ‘sound’ ideas in an abstract way, Lucy’s artworks explore the notion of growth and development through the re-formation of ancient materials, and aural composition performed on bronze handbells. The River Tay that flows between these two very differing social landscapes is an important witness and influence on these works.
The blend of tangible sculpture with the timelessness of music, gives a unique voice to Lucy's work.
Wall sculpture in Spanish Chestnut (left), circa 2.5m by 0.5m
Floor-mounted sculpture in Beech, Walnut, and cast bronze (below), circa 3m x 1.5m x 1m
Below is a link to the Song For The Tay recording, the aural part of the joint sculpture and aural composition for the final degree show.
Lucy receiving the Alastair Smart prize for sculpture:
Examples of other recent work
Endless Europe, an Art in Sound Live Performance, in collaboration with Gair Dunlop, Mar ’19
Collaborative Performance Art, with Gair Dunlop, Senior Lecturer, DJCAD, University of Dundee. Preparation for and performance of ‘Endless Europe’- an arrangement by Lucy Smith for Handbells of the ‘Kraftwerk’ pop group’s 1977 composition ‘Europa Endlos’. Original music: Ralf Hütter, original words: Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider. Collaboration with Gair Dunlop, Senior Lecturer, DJCAD, University of Dundee. The video here is courtesy of Gair's video collection on vimeo.com.
The work is a subtle comment upon the current political and social climate surrounding the Brexit issue and process. In this performance art we were keen to explore listening to cultural climate change.
Sculpture and Prints Exhibition, Ninewells Hospital Medical School, 2018
An exhibition in Ninewells Hospital Medical School's public area, of Lucy Smith’s practice in sculpture and print.
Lucy was inspired by the University of Dundee Global Health Challenge 2017 project, in which she participated. She was keen to investigate the idea that creativity and imagination could influence successful health and educational outcomes- the physicality of making giving rise to idea generation, enhancement of visual literacy and communication.
Lucy’s work is process-led, and has explored bronze, wood and print, allowing the materials to lead the development of possibilities - element reduction, rotation, inversion, overlay, cropping and reversal resolving the aesthetic process with final outcomes in abstract form. Wood sculpture 3ft x 3ft, bronze 2.5 ft x 2.5 ft approx.
Joe's Tools - inspired by the Global Health Challenge Project
Sounding Coastal Change, June 2018
Invitation from Gair Dunlop, Senior Lecturer, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee to perform on handbells participating in live music performance art at Blakeney, Norfolk. 2nd June 2018. Live radio broadcast Radio Norfolk, 18th July 2018.
Gair is a co-Investigator on the AHRC funded ‘Listening to Climate Change’ project.
The composer, pianist and sound artist for the performance was Sam Richards.
For more details on the Sounding Coastal Change project, see http://www.soundingcoastalchange.org/about
This is "Soundings" by Gair Dunlop on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. You can hear excerpts of the use of bell chiming performed by Lucy Smith towards the end of the video clip.
Wall sculpture in beech, and douglas fir, 3m by 1.5m, submitted as part of year 3 assessment on the BA Fine Art degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, April 2018
Undiscovered Landscape – A Bronze and 3D print sculpture of “Lincolnshire”, December 2017
The A15 trunk road from Rippingale at the northern point to Market Deeping in the south, marking the villages and towns between each with a place-bell of Lincolnshire Surprise Major, incorporating Rippingale, Edenham, Bourne, Thurlby, Baston, Stamford and Market Deeping.
Wall sculpture 10ft height x 6ft width approx. bronze 14” height x 12" width
The white 3D printed bell pattern here on the black background shows the half way point in the Lincolnshire Surprise Major method, the half way point having reflective symmetry. This had to be fabricated in two halves due to the size of the 3D printers. The place bells are also pair-symmetrical. 2nds and 5ths, 7ths and 4ths, 6ths and 8ths place bells’ patterns match each other visually and spatially when reflected. Lucy also is a church bell ringer, a member of the Scottish Association, the Lincoln Diocesan Guild of Ringers and a life member of the Kent County Association of Change Ringers, having been a member of the Canterbury Cathedral band, and currently a member of the Peterborough and Dundee Cathedral bands.
A Sunrise Mass, December 2017
Gesso and Mild Steel Relief, inspired by the Choral work Sunrise mass by Ola Gjielo. Total size 7ft x 2.5 ft approx. In the two pictures below, this is seen once in the light of sunrise, and again in the grey light of a clouded Dundee sky.
Routes to Remittance, November 2017
A Lincolnshire Landscape in gesso on board, inspired by an “Identity” theme. 4ft x 2ft approx. in totality.
Exhibition at St John’s Church Stamford, Lincolnshire, June 2016
An exhibition commissioned by the Church’s Conservation Trust, and as part of Lucy's final assessment for the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
In interpreting the theology proclaimed by St John, two biblical references are key to the heart of what John spoke and began in his own ministry. He proclaimed in the wilderness, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near'. And Isaiah’s prophecy, 'Prepare the way of the Lord', Matthew 3:2-3 (NRSV). John is recorded in the gospels as proclaiming the important message for Christians, 'I baptise you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me;…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.' Matthew 3:11 (NRSV). From this foremost message proclaimed by John the Baptist, in a church dedicated to this saint, I sought to symbolise and interpret the message of baptism and renewal through two abstract pieces, a stained glass of four panels (exhibited in the chancel) and a suspended copper and glass sculpture (exhibited at the west end of the church, and photographed here) and including the portrayal of the original community heart as one of the central ideas of the Churches Conservation Trust charity, who take on the upkeep of this church through voluntary support. Height 4.5 ft x width 2ft approx.
Foundation Course in Art and Design project work, 2016
This piece combining stained glass with Collyweston slate local to Stamford, is entitled The Dancer. It arose from a study of buildings within Stamford, the particular building associated with this work being one of the dance schools.
Sculpture in painted wood, reclaimed IT electrical equipment, stained glass. 4ft height x 3.5ft width approx. The detail of the leaded stained glass is shown in the second picture.