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Lucy Bleach, B. 1968, Sydney, Australia. Lives and works in Tasmania, Australia.
Lucy Bleach works within an installation based yet cross-disciplinary practice, typically setting up opportunities for contact, encounter and change beyond the artist’s touch. Her work often takes place in the public realm and is frequently informed by natural geography. Works such as Circumnarrative (2007) and Greenhorn (2010) reflect Bleach’s commitment to developing artworks that explore the way we engage with our world and how these engagements offer multiple versions of the same world. In developing work around these ideas, her research frequently involves working with diverse communities to explore notions of value and attachment to locale. Bleach’s interactive installation, Volcano Lover (2011) investigated the various social and cultural coping/contingency mechanisms that are embraced to help deal with imminent geological hazards that exist within proximity to human experience. Her work for the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial – Oral Fiber (2009),involved living and collaborating with the local rice farmers towards creating work that reflected the layered systems of communication experienced within the community.
She has participated in four Ten Days on the Island festivals in Tasmania, and undertaken an Asialink Visual Arts Residency in Japan, where she participated in the 4th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, 2009. She has been the recipient of several Australia Council Visual Arts and Arts Tasmania grants and received the Qantas Foundation Contemporary Art Award in 2010.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Local Colour, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport (2011); Volcano Lover, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (2011); Municipality, KINGS A.R.I, Melbourne (2008); and, Revues des Deux Mondes, INFLIGHT Gallery, Hobart (2008).
Bleach is an Associate Lecturer in Sculpture at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania.