Lucy Harvey’s work helps fuel imagination and serves as a metaphor for both the unconscious mind and collective memory. Her new sculptures are created from collections of memories, dreams, and objects that have served another life. Jewelry, pottery, shards, glass entwined beautifully with freshly cut and polished gems create these sculptures. Often drawn from her own history, these objects carry the nostalgia and worn surfaces associated with heirloom treasures and culture removed. The sculptures are marked by absurd juxtapositions of materials and the merging of the common, or discarded, with new objects and high culture.
In each of these works, the whole is more than the different from, the sum of its parts. Lucy may be conquering some of the challenges we face in this new century: how do we rebuild what we have broken. How do we take elements from the past and combine them with today. Either precious, or fragmented, how do we re-think and merge all of these things into something beautiful.
Jon Cournoyer Senior Designer St. Louis Art Museum