Lucie Gledhill, a recurrent Fair exhibitor since her graduation from the RCA in 2012 was this year one of five makers selected for the Jerwood Prize 2019. From a pool of over 300 applicants this award tops many makers aspirations, not least because each winner receives an £8000 bursary to support experimentation and the making of new work for an exhibition which has just opened this week.
For her new commission, Chain, Lucie Gledhill is continuing her work in chain making, exploring the relationship between different materials. Wood, iron and silver. These materials all have a different function in the making process, with the wood as master for an iron cast and iron as former for a hollow silver link. Each material requires distinct techniques in order to successfully manipulate them into shape; from methodical hand-carving processes, to casting, hammering and soldering. Scale has been informed by the wood, using trunk sections, branch sections and twig sections to produce individual chain links in a variety of sizes. Displayed in an extended row, which alludes to the formation of a chain, her work ‘links’ the handmade, the low-tech, and the technical with the hierarchy of materials.
Photo credit: Anna Arca