Lucy Farley – New Artist in Residence at Rabley Drawing Centre 2020

Lucy Farley in the studio at Rabley Drawing Cemte, February 2020

Meryl Ainslie, Director of Rabley Drawing Centre in conversation with Lucy Farley, their new artist in residence 2020. Lucy will be working at Rabley Drawing Centre  during four visits throughout the year.

Lucy Farley is a painter and printmaker, she researches the stories that underpin a place and inspire her work. She has a Danish mother and English father. She recalls the dark and spooky Nordic tales her Grandmother told her as a child. And here her story starts…

Lucy Farley Savernake series proof 2
Lucy Farley Savernake series proof 3

“I didn’t know about the Savernake Forest before I came here. There was a random connection from an Australian friend who told me about the stories and legends of the Forest. So I started to draw from these ideas about the ‘headless horse woman’ of the forest. I made lithographs at London Print Studio, printed onto Japanese paper and  working with a horse shape. These are some of the collaged elements I have been using in the print studio at Rabley. 

There is an eye in the oak in the forest called the king of limbs’ – this motif has also inhabited the images this week. Back in my London studio I will be editing and making  more research and reading and readying for my next exciting visit.

Being in the Rabley studio there is a connection to landscape. I can see the edge of the Savernake Forest out of the window. It’s a stark contrast to my London Studio and a breathing space, calming and vast. It is so quiet – I can mull the questions without interruption.” LF Feb 2020

Lucy making the most of the space and studios at Rabley – she will also being inspiring others along the way…..

She will be returning throughout the year  – follow our blog or instagram @rableydrawingcentre

Works in progress include a series of collages 

Video of Lucy printing her first proofs coming soon!

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