Lucy Dyson’s worlds are both dead and alive. Pulsing with vibrant patterns, and saturated in the technicolor of yore, Dyson offers realms rich with movement, life and a compelling dark force. Each image presents an uncanny tableaux: coiffed pushbutton phone androids follow a tin-man robot and his Toto down a psychedelic brick road; bees and dandelion seeds are drawn through space, pulled into the hypnotic vortex of bakelite telephone dials circling the earth.
Telephones feature heavily in Dyson’s new work, and the instruments are given a broadway musical treatment – choreographed into swirling blooms, like precision synchronized swimmers. These dancing phones hark back to the excitement and promise of early technology, but are remodeled to imply the tone of a death knell. The result is a surreal tension between a nostalgic celebration of the past and an ominous prediction of the future. These bells toll a warning – that the ever increasing desire for newer, faster and better technology will come at a price. As we continue to mine the earth for minerals and oil to keep pistons churning, TVs dancing and the capitalist economy show rolling on, the buzz of the humble honey bee is being drowned out by polyphonic ring tones.
Lucy Dyson is a Melbourne based artist and animation director. Deft with a surgical blade, and an avid collector of vintage anatomy and animal kingdom books, Lucy’s work often explores the dark and mysterious with a wry and humorous twist. Since graduating with Honours from RMIT Media Arts in 2005, Lucy has honed her knife skills with regular exhibitions and animation work. Recent animations projects include music videos for Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males, Gotye, Bird Blobs, TZU, The Stardust Five, and an award winning music video for Sarah Blasko.