The Reach combines abstract forms that have evolved from observational drawings made in the Savernake Forest in Wiltshire. Farley’s inspiration comes from a local legend – ‘The Haunting of the Headless Horsewoman’ – which she begins to resurrect in this piece using motifs transferred from memory onto the lithographic stones: hands, the sun and moon cycle and the over-arching Savernake Oak trees. The emphasis is very much on the female, her power and rebirth. The surfaces of her prints are a rich combination of surfaces as she includes collage and hand colour in her work.
Lucy Farley is currently Rabley Gallery artist in residence and is working on a ‘Savernake’ series. These works portray the intersection of diverse mythological cultures and their relationship to nature.
A painter and printmaker, she trained at the Royal College of Art. Her work is influenced by the British surrealist movement of the mid 20th Century, including artists such as Eileen Agar and the tapestries and murals of John Piper as well as the prints of Le Corbusier.
Recently her work from the Savernake Series, ‘She Outran the Sun’ 2021, has been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
Born 1982 of Danish and English Parentage, Farley lives and works in London.