Spirits is a body of work by artist and Professor Lucy Orta, which portrays through a combination of sculpture and performance, the metaphorical inhabitants of towns, cities and regions.
Researching on location together with a team, the new Genius Loci Lucy Orta imagines and creates; interrogate the social, anthropological and philosophical themes of each location. Through the staging of on-site performances, or the re-positioning of the characters in the form or permanent sculpture, the characters and their siting provide surprising contexts to question art’s critical force in recounting and addressing the emergencies of contemporary living. The performances and sculpture become mediums through which can we re-encounter and re-imagine a city and its surroundings.
By crossing the boundaries between disciplines of sculpture, costume, performance, film and sound the Spirits project presents an interesting example of a multi-faceted approach to the visual arts, and which engages artists, curators and commissioners in dialogue, to challenge conventional aesthetics of people and place. Spirits draw a cultural and social map of the diversity of the inhabitants, and exposes, at the same time, the beauty and fragility of our changing landscapes.