Catch Lucy Stein's exhibition at Spike Island before it ends this weekend

Catch Lucy Stein's exhibition at Spike Island before it ends this weekend

Posted on: 11 Jan 2022

Catch the Cornish-based artist's latest display of her humorous and vibrant artwork whilst you still can.


Lucy Stein's first major solo exhibition, Wet Room, is coming to an end this Sunday 16 January following a near four-month run at Spike Island.


Stein's bright and striking artwork is inspired by the fougou - ancient underground dry stone passages leading to large chambers unique to Cornwall that have become sacred sites of worship - and includes a selection of paintings displayed around a centrepiece installation.


The exhibition is FREE to enter, with the gallery open to visitors from 12:00 until 17:00 Wednesday to Sunday. Head to Spike Island's website for more details and directions.



Based in St. Just, Cornwall, since 2015 Stein studied at both The Glasgow School of Art and at De Atellers in Amsterdam in her formative years, before spending the mid to latter half of the 2010s exhibiting her work, curating for galleries, and organising performances.


Wet Room, exhibited at Spike Island until Sunday, is designed to echo the ritual rebirthing ceremonies that are believed to have taken place within the fougou underground sites in Cornwall.


Shrouded in mystery, the fougou, at forty feet long and six feet wide is a deep trench with dry stone walls roofed with large stone slabs sat in an area known to be rich in Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age remains, including the Merry Maidens stone circle and Tregiffian burial chamber.


Working with painting and drawing, Wet Room's focal point is an installation comprising a bathtub and sink with running taps, surrounded by tiled walls that have been hand-painted with scenes relating to the artist’s study of western esoteric traditions.


Drawing on Greek mythology, esoteric cultures, and ecclesiastical and medieval imagery, a collection of paintings accompany the centrepiece installation in which Stein depicts a wide range of western female archetypes made during the pandemic and her second pregnancy.


Billed as being loaded with wittiness and humor, Wet Room seems the perfect way to spend a damp January afternoon. This Sunday 16 January is your final chance to catch a glimpse of Stein's artwork, so don't delay. 


Entry is FREE. Check Spike Island's website for more information and directions.


Main image credit: Max McClure

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