Lucy Irvine is fascinated by building blocks, the individual units of purpose from which things are made. This becomes evident not only in the materials and processes used to make her sculptures but also in the resulting shapes that evolve. Each sculpture is intricately constructed using cable ties and irrigation pipe.
The resulting body of work, Spiked Cell is informed by the common ground found between organic forms and structures of industry. They share rhythms of change, cycles of growth, production and reproduction.
There is an acute poetry that is attributed to basketry and other traditions of vessel making. This gentle movement and depth transcends into Irvine’s woven forms. TheSpiked Cell alludes to both the internal and external surfaces. There is a play off between vulnerability and defense as the outer skin holds the inner space.
Earlier this year, Irvine’s work was shown in the context of world craft in Common Goods, at the Melbourne Museum. A related collaborative residency in February gave her the opportunity to work with Hlengiwe Dube, an expert in telephone wire weaving from Durban, South Africa. Irvine finds crafted objects to be providing an increasingly insightful commentary within contemporary culture