The artists featured here at Red Propeller are often just as intriguing as their work and Lucie Smailes is a perfect example...
Having recently moved to the area from Bristol, Lucie is now an RPG artist-in-residence. She is currently awaiting the renovation of her classic air streamer caravan and settling into a new studio - so stay tuned as we will be updating you on her progress!
Combining vintage curiosities (specifically 1950's) with sculpture, her work appears to have been conjured from a dream and is infused with emotion. Twirling and laughing in the gallery, wearing a coral prom dress and silver platform heels, Smailes is charming and full of spirit - her energy completely in line with her art.
'The Devils Violin Wagon'
Possibly one of Lucie's grandest creations!
Inspired by a traditional gypsy caravan, Lucie explains that the contrasting sides are representative of day/night or light/dark. While one side of the wagon is encrusted with muddy coloured crockery, crucifixes and ceramic animals; the other is adorned with an array of delicate mosaic tiles and mirror fragments. The interior of the wagon being upholstered in luxurious red velvet!
Unloading this magical piece from the van on moving-day was somewhat of a mission, but eager to assist and see it installed it in it's new home we met Lucie on site (in the rain) to help out...
The wagon captures Lucie's intricate and playful style perfectly!
If you're not already familiar with her work I highly recommend popping into the gallery - the detail in Lucie's art demands a closer look. It's every bit as enchanting as it's creator!
- Charlotte Z. M.