Lucy Garnett is an Anglo-Indian artist and musician living in Seattle. Using a variety of media ranging from printmaking to video installations, she explores themes of migration, music, health, globalisation, and family. Garnett’s artwork draws upon her life in the United Kingdom where she grew up, raised two daughters with her husband, and worked as a primary school teacher until she immigrated to the United States in 2012. She has been an active member of Seattle Artist League since its establishment in 2016.
Coming from a musical family, Garnett interprets and analyzes music by visually representing her experience of learning to play particular pieces on oboe and piano. The artist invites viewers into her intellectual and emotional states of mind across auditory and visual genres through the use of pastel, paint, ink, sheet music, and parts of broken instruments. Garnett’s work on personal and communal health includes references to her own spinal condition through printed and drawn images alongside textile and sculptural responses to family lifecycles, concerns about childhood deprivation of play, and her husband’s research on HIV. She also explores social issues around outsourced manufacturing, using installations to visualize the invisible labour of exploited garment factory workers and provides opportunities for ethical self-reflection.
Some of Lucy's work shows an appreciation of the landscapes in which she has formed her life: human structures that become part of and blend into their surroundings, natural structures that evoke human edifices, and the resilience and fragility of our lives in those spaces.
Lucy's current work is evolving around issues of identity, community and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Solo Shows:
2019-2020   Notations, Shoreline City Hall, Shoreline, WA
2010   Thresholds, Bartholomew Rooms, Eynsham, UK
2002   Bartholomew Rooms, Eynsham, UK
Group Shows:
2021   Contemporary Northwest Print Invitational (CNPI), Davison Galleries, Seattle, WA
2021   Shoreline Arts Festival Virtual Juried Art Show, Shoreline, WA
2019   Big League Art Show,  Inscape Arts and Cultural Center, Seattle WA
2018.  The Salish Sea Show: Art Activism & the Salish Sea, Seattle Artist League, Greenwood, Seattle, WA
2018   Big League Art Show,  Galvanise, Seattle, WA
2017   Seattle Artist League Show, Greenwood, Seattle, WA
2012   Platform, Modern Art Oxford, UK
2012   Graduate Show, De Montfort Univeristy, OCVC campus, Banbury, UK
2005   Broard Canvas, Oxford, UK
2004   Art Foundation course show, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, Banbury, UK
2012   Bachelor of Arts [Hons] Fine Art, De Montfort University, UK,
2004   Art Foundation and Drawing into Design, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College, Banbury, UK
1995   Post Graduate Certificate of Education, Oxford Brookes University, UK
1994   Bachelor of Arts [Joint Hons] History & Music, The Open University, UK
2009 - 2011   Art Coordinator/ lead teacher North Leigh Primary School, Oxon, UK
2003 - 2009   Co-creative lead & teacher for collaborative Art Residential courses for Bartholomew School and Freeland Primary School  based at Kilvrough Manor, Gower, Wales, UK
2000 - 2009   Art Coordinator/ lead teacher Freeland Primary School, Oxon, UK
1995 - 2011   Primary School teacher, with art, music and history specialisms for Oxfordshire County Council, UK