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.
2019-2020 Notations, Shoreline City Hall, Shoreline, WA
2010 Thresholds, Bartholomew Rooms, Eynsham, UK
2002 Bartholomew Rooms, Eynsham, UK
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 Broad 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