A limited edition of sixteen hand-painted ceramic tiles, each unique and produced on the occasion of Lucy Stein’s solo exhibition Wet Room at Spike Island (25 September 2021 to 16 January 2022).
Inspired by the fougou: narrow Neolithic underground passages unique to West Cornwall, Stein’s exhibition centres around an installation with a bathtub and sink with running taps, surrounded by tiled walls that have been hand-painted with scenes relating to the artist’s study of western esoteric traditions.
Titled after the last novel written by Angela Carter, Wise Children, Stein’s edition features some of the imagery from Wet Room; a mixture of Greek mythology, esoteric culture, ecclesiastical and medieval tableaus often depicting a wide range of western female archetypes.
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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.