Sarah Lucas – Emma Ongman

Sarah Lucas was born in London, England in 1962. She is known for being a member of the Young British Artists (YBAs) movement that emerged in the late 1980s.  Other artists among this group include Damien Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman, and Tracy Emin. The interests of these artists were concentrated on the darker areas of contemporary existence. Specifically, Lucas is more focused on alluding to sexual imagery of male, and more prominently, the female body.

Sarah Lucas utilizes everyday objects to explore contemporary attitudes towards the human body, sex, death, and gender differences. In addition to sculpture, Lucas also is known for her kinesthetic photographs and performances.  Some of the materials she explores include food, nylon tights, toilets, worn out furniture, and cigarettes.

The sculptures that interested me the most by Sarah Lucas were her NUD series. These include stuffed nylon stockings which suggest features of the female body. The ability to suggest organic human forms while remaining as abstracted shapes is what especially captured my attention about these works. In my sculpture, I replicated style similar to the NUD series, but increased the size of the work in effort to push the limits on how much abstraction was possible while still resembling the human figure.