The first major UK solo show and a new commission by artist Lucy Stein. Comprising a new series of coffin-scale paintings, deities carved from soap, and a fully functioning, hand-painted wet room. Building on a lasting engagement with goddess culture, witchcraft and idea of the ‘anima’, the exhibition is based on Stein’s research into the ancient, womb-like Neolithic passages unique to West Cornwall.
Lucy Stein has been based in St. Just, Cornwall since 2015. She studied at The Glasgow School of Art, and later at De Ateliers, in Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include Thesmophoria (including the performance lecture Bride of Quiet) Galerie Gregor Staiger Milan (2020); Digitalis Purpurea (a re-introspective ), Conceptual Fine Arts , Milan (online) (2020), £10.66, Palette Terre, Paris (2018); Crying the Neck, NICC Brussels (with Nina Royle) (2017); On Celticity (organised with Paola Clerico), Rodeo Gallery, London (2016). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Futura , Prague (2020); Bonington Gallery, Nottingham (2019); Tate St Ives (2018); TULCA festival, Galway; Newlyn Gallery, Penzance (all 2017); Le Bourgeoise, London(2016); UKS Oslo (2015). In 2017 she co-organised “Fuck you wheres my Suger” a two day festival celebrating depression and hysteria at Cafe Oto in London with Mark Harwood. In 2016 she co-curated NEO-PAGAN BITCH-WITCH! at Evelyn Yard, London with France-Lise McGurn and in 2015 she organized the performance event The Wise Wound with Tate St Ives and Porthmeor studios.
Between November 2019 and May 2022 Stein and Sarah Hartnett will be undertaking a pilgrimage along the Mary leyline which runs from Carn Les Boel in Cornwall to Hopton in Norfolk.
Artist Lucy Stein discusses her deep spiritual connection to Cornwall on Rick Stein's BBC series: CornwallWatch this episode