LUCY KAY PLOWE: AN ARTIST INTERVIEW by Winsome Adelia Tse

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“A few weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to reach out to Lucy Plowe for an interview related to professional practice as an artist. I’d been following her on Instagram for quite a while, and greatly admire her work.  I was even more pleased to discover that she was enthusiastic, energetic, and welcoming to my inquiries during our correspondence by email.

Lucy Kay Plowe is an artist that lives and works in Ithaca, New York. She specializes in painting and print media, exploring complex and reflective narratives with themes of the figure and intimacy. Her interest in the mythical and religious inspires her introspective approach to art creation.

Her thoughtful responses about her experiences as an artist in the traditional industry and contemporary online platforms provides a brief view into her journey.

Winsome: “How did you get started as an artist? Is it different from how you would describe getting started in your own professional practice, or even getting started in the industry in general?”

Lucy: “I’ve always been an artist, since I was old enough to hold a crayon! As I’ve grown up my interested have shifted and developed. I’m currently in my third year at Cornell University for my BFA, but I’m working hard in my independent practice to create work that feels meaningful and important to me. My goals are to go for my MFA in painting after I graduate, and eventually become represented by a gallery so that I can get a footing in the art world and have a career as a practicing artist…”

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Cornell AAP Press Release: IPCNY New Prints/2018 Summer

Work by Lucy Plowe (B.F.A. '20) and Sean Steed (B.Arch. '18) was selected for the juried group show titled Multilayered, opening on June 26 at International Print Center New York (IPCNY).

Featuring work by more than 40 artists, the show is the 58th presentation of International IPCNY's New Prints Program, a biannual, juried exhibition for prints and print-based work created in the preceding 12 months. Multilayered was curated by Juan Sánchez, an artist of the Nuyorican cultural movement. As a multimedia artist with an activist stance, Sánchez draws on symbols, images, and texts from popular and traditional culture to explore questions of ethnic and national identity.

According to the IPCNY's press release, the 43 prints and print-based works on view in Multilayered reflect Sánchez’s interest in "new narratives for an increasingly hybridized cultural world. Many of the artists skillfully deploy traditional printmaking techniques including lithography, etching, woodcut, and screen prints to create enigmatic characters and complex scenes, while others use prints as the basis for expansive installations."

Created for The Hybrid Print, Associate Professor Greg Page's 2018 advanced printmaking class, Plowe's work includes two lithography prints. Titled Fear No Fate, each of the two prints is 20" x 36" on Thai paper.

Steed's work, Tomorrow is looking great / Some things never change, is a series of 12, 31" x 42" silkscreen monotypes that provide a commentary on contemporary political campaigns. Created for Associate Professor Elisabeth Meyer's fall 2017 class Painting to Print: Monotype, Steed's posters contain phrases from political slogans or speeches and nationalist rhymes and comment on the idea of national flags and identity.

Multilayered is on display at IPCNY until September 22. A reception and talks by the artists will be held on Thursday, June 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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