Using imagery and irony, she not only pays homage to her childhood in suburbia, but pokes fun at it as well.
written by Tina Greco | portrait photo by Leonard R. Greco
Even her name evokes a clean cut, girl-next-door image symbolic of life in suburbia. Now living in Boston, artist Lucy White began exhibiting her work throughout New England, upstate New York and Boca Raton, Florida in the early 1990′s. She grew up the daughter of a pediatrician and housewife in Brunswick, Maine. Representative of a time when gender roles were seemingly clearly defined, White describes her upbringing as having “grown up in a house with a lawn, a mother who took care of the house and a father who took care of the lawn.”
Using imagery and irony, she not only pays homage to her childhood in suburbia, but pokes fun at it as well. Described as having a gift for not letting her materials steal the attention of the total image, Lucy mixes the organic with the synthetic. Often creating her works on wood tiles, White uses color, resin and familiar ‘domestic icons’ to convey her experiences and interpretations of life in suburbia. Band-Aids, Kotex and Handi-Wipes serve as some of Lucy’s mediums, capturing the feeling of everyday life and providing the viewer a connection to her work.
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