Prof. Lucy Orta - Chair of Art in the Environment
Professor Lucy Orta is a UAL Chair of Art in the Environment, her practice draws upon ecological and social issues to create visual responses employing diverse media, including drawing, sculpture, installation, couture, photography and film, as well as staging interventions and performances.
Amongst her most emblematic bodies of work include, Refuge Wear and Body Architecture, portable minimum habitats bridging architecture and dress; HortiRecycling, the food chain in global and local contexts; 70 x 7 The Meal, the ritual of dining and its role in community networking; Nexus Architecture, alternative modes of establishing the social link; and Clouds and OrtaWater, addressing the increasing scarcity of this vital resource and the problems arising from its pollution and corporate control, for which she was presented the Green Leaf Award for artistic excellence with an environmental message, presented by the United Nations Environment Programme at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.
Two current projects include, Antarctica and Amazonia, which reflect on the value of the natural environment to our survival, and more specifically the effects climate change will have on future population displacement.
For more details on these projects view Lucy’s website www.studio-orta.com
Major solo exhibitions include: Natural History Museum, London (2010); Shanghai Biennale (2012); MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome (2012); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2013). Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, USA and Parc de la Villette, Paris (2014); London Museum Ontario (2015); Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester (2016); Humber Street Gallery, Hull and Frieze Projects, London (2017).
View Lucy’s research outputs here