Sourcing imagery from the flora and fauna of the California Coast, Julia Lucey combines printmaking and collage for a medium all her own. Lucey prints her exquisitely detailed aquatint etchings in multiple editions and uses a deft hand to cut and layer them into complex large-scale collages. The finished pieces are visually dense constructed environments that play on the character of her animal and vegetable subjects.
“In some of the worlds I reference narratives and folk tales I imagine could happen, but with local animals as the characters. In other collages, I set the animal gaze out toward the viewer in judgement. And in others, the pieces are simply about the magical feeling of being in a wild space.”