Lucy Skaer’s exhibition The Green Man is an exploration and reanimation of the desire to collect. Throughout her practice, Skaer mines and manipulates pre-
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To Skaer, the Green Man is a deeply irrational figure, spewing leaves and vines in the place of language. Present in both pagan and Christian imagery, the Green Man made a resurgence after the plague, when wilderness and weeds took over much of the arable land. Skaer has selected items from the collection, bringing them into dialogue with her own constantly shifting works. She has opened windows into the Gallery, allowing in light that may cause them to sprout, grow and form a thicket, where before there was order. In calling the exhibition The Green Man, Lucy Skaer likens the spontaneous generation and evolution of form in artworks such as Sticks and Stones (2015–18) to the symbol of destruction and renewal found in carved stone figures made of leaves and vines.
Amongst this scene are Hanneline Visnes’ paintings which comment on the representation and control of nature using stylised motifs of animals and plants; Will Holder’s interpretive re-
The Green Man is a partnership between Talbot Rice Gallery, the Centre for Research Collections, and Edinburgh College of Art, all part of the University of Edinburgh. It has been supported by Creative Scotland, the John Florent Stone Fellowship and is part of Edinburgh Art Festival.
Lucy Skaer has had recent solo exhibitions including Peter Freeman, Inc., New York, Salzburger Kunstverein (2018); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Museo Tamayo, México City, MRAC Serignan, France, Grimm, Amsterdam (2017); Witte de With Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2016); Musees Gallo Romains, Lyon (2015), Tramway, Glasgow (2013); SculptureCenter, New York (2012); Kunsthalle Basel (2009). She was nominated for the Prix Canson in 2016, the Turner Prize in 2009 and was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in 2016. Born in 1975 in Cambridge, she now lives and works in Glasgow.
Text adapted by Lucy Skaer from The Green Man Trail of Oxfordshire.
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