Lucy Auge’s creative processed begins with a walk, everyday after she’s completed her morning tasks she takes a stroll around her local countryside on the outskirts of Bath. It’s during this walk that a lot of her ideas start planting themselves in her mind, back at her studio in the middle of the countryside these ideas get put to paper. At the moment she is painting a large panel of work that she sketched in Autumn and preparing for her new exhibition ‘Cathing the Light’ at Botany.
‘Catching the Light’ is Lucy’s third exhibition at Botany, having previously shown ‘150 Flowers’ and ‘Tree Shadows’ she started developing the work for ‘Catching the Light’ back in January 2018, playing with the idea of working with light to cast shapes.
Lacock in Somerset, close to where Lucy is based, is where the first photo negative was developed, it is her love of early photography that has inspired her work. Figuring out how to incorporate the ephemeral quality of photography, Lucy experimented using photo paper to expose natural specimens to achieve the images she wanted. Carrying the work though the seasons Lucy was invited to work from Dan Pearson and Huw Morgan private garden in Somerset, packed full of interesting specicims with beautiful shapes this is where Lucy developed the work you see in ’Catching the Light’.
A shift from her earlier work of painting with shadows, she describes the new process to working with light as uplifting and finds the long process used to create these etchings incredibly rewarding. Having studied printmaking at various times thought her education and drawn to photographic etchings, Lucy begins with exposing the image onto a metal plate, it can take an entire day to make up 4 etchings however the real thrill comes when she peels the paper away from the inked up aching plate.
Catching the Light opens at Botany 18th January and runs until 12th March. You can purchase the exhibition poster here.