Lucy Ridges is a visual artist working primarily with analogue photography and traditional mark-making techniques. Her primarily practice based work and particular interest in process are intent on revealing human’s affective relationship with the natural world. Lucy has a Masters in Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University (2011) after completing a BA in Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire and now works from Rogue Artist Studios, Manchester. Recent residencies and exhibitions include Nes Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland (2015); The Lucky Jotter International Arts Showcase 8th Exhibition, The Gallery, Blackpool (2016); ‘Astronomy and Light’ Bankley Gallery, Manchester (2017).

Lucy resides in Manchester, works from Rogue Artists Studios and is represented by Ruth Davies for print sales and Millennium Imaging for image rights. 

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I am interested in exploring our connection and/or disconnection with nature and the spaces we occupy. I currently create work via the medium of photography and mixed media, with visual inspiration taken from the surrealist movement. My interests lie predominantly in the physical processes of photography, and of creating experimental work fuelled by the fascination of manipulating a medium designed for the representation of reality.

Rather than subjects documented, individual images are crafted and thoughts are made visible. Photography is a medium where even the wildest of fiction must begin with a little truth, and where the truest of images are often indecipherable from fantasy. The fascination with this notion forms the basis of my practise. Primarily working in black and white with analogue film, I occasionally make use of colour, digital and of painting within my work. The images attempt to take people on a journey and to question our surrounding realities, moving minds to a different place and challenging our ordinary ways of seeing and of thinking. 

The nude figure often seen in the work is the result of a long term collaboration with Catherine, an artist's life model of whom I have been working with for 7 years. Catherine's face is often covered, and her identity hidden because in these images she is not portraying herself, rather she is representing human kind as a whole. In my increasing concern for the future of our planet, and in sadness at a great disconnect I feel human's now have with the natural world, in my work I piece the two things back together again, visually imagining a modern reality where animals, nature and human beings were not so disjointed.

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