Full Artist Statement
I would be more interested in painting with a fork than with a traditional paintbrush. I am fascinated by the ways in which textures, marks, and shapes physically relate to one another, both two-dimensionally and in space. All of my work reflects my interest in blurring the lines between simplicity and complexity, clutter and organization, background and foreground, and one media and another. I don’t think I create paintings; I create objects and ideas.
I have spent the majority of my time at Maryland Institute College of Art exploring these interests while investigating the possibilities and nature of various mediums. I find that the most satisfying part my artistic process is the freedom I allow myself to explore the boundaries, limitations and idiosyncrasies of numerous medias. Though my preferred medium changes more regularly than the season, the aesthetics and ideas conveyed in my work have remained consistent due to my overriding passion for exploration and interest in process, layers, decoration, and pattern.
Pattern is everywhere and in everything, both physically and systematically. It is in nature, shapes, history, artistic process, human behavior, habit, thought, etc. The list, another pattern, goes on forever. The world is full of patterns, but most people pay no attention or would not think to notice the patterns that occur in daily life. In my pattern-based works, I pull inspiration from these moments and reinterpret them in a way I see conceptually and aesthetically fit.
Photo by Jolie Savelle Kumin
Lucie MacArthur is currently seeking her BFA in General Fine Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art with an expected graduation in the spring of 2014. She grew up in the suburbs of Connecticut, where she also graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall—a boarding school known for its academics. Both Choate and MICA have played different and significant roles in the approach Lucie takes to both her work and her formation of ideas. She believes New England’s general interest in home décor and fashion has been largely influential in her attraction to pattern and decoration. Lucie has studied and worked with various medias, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, fibers, installation, performance and digital media.