May 15, 2013: ArtSlant is pleased to announce the recipient for the inaugural Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency in Paris: London-based visual artist Lucy Maria Wren. The recipient was chosen from a pool of over 200 applicants, and through a competitive interview process between a group of 20 shortlisted candidates. ArtSlant was thrilled by the breadth and quality of applicants, and looks forward to supporting many more artists and writers in the years to come.
The goal of the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency in Paris is to support and invest in emerging artists and writers, to provide an opportunity for them to advance their work and explore and engage with the cultural landscape of Paris, to encourage experimentation, and to increase exposure of their work to an international audience. We believe that Lucy Maria's proposed project for the Georgia Fee Residency demonstrates a particularly strong–indeed vital–connection to the city of Paris. Additionally, her project's completion is aptly timed to correspond with her time in Paris, making her the ideal candidate for this first year of the residency. While at the Georgia Fee Residency this summer, Lucy Maria will use the time to complete, publish, and launch her first artist book, You speak too fast for me. Finally, we believe that Lucy and her project reflect the spirit and legacy of Georgia Fee.
Lucy Maria (b. 1986) is a visual artist based in London. Graduating from Camberwell School of Arts in 2010 with a BA Hons in Photography, she has since pursued her interest in the fields of photography and design via various positions in both creative publishing and image curation, as well as continuing to focus on her own photographic practice.
Her first publication, "You speak too fast for me," is scheduled for release in 2013.
About the project:
"You speak too fast for me" is a compendium of images concerning the dual ideas of being lost in translation through both cultural and personal relationships. Comprised of autobiographical photographs taken in France during various trips in 2011-2013, undergone during a difficult period of physical illness, the book reflects upon the paradoxical nature of intimacy and distance occurring alongside each other in the everyday; it also highlights the changes experienced when noticing and documenting the ephemeral in a different culture.
Ultimately, "You speak too fast for me" addresses the ways in which displacement and alienation (through both cultural difference and bodily illness) can manifest as positive creative forces. At its core is the dichotomy presented by a sensation of distance from a place, that is accompanied by an integration into its culture via intrapersonal relationships.
excerpts (from You speak too fast for me)
We would like to give heartfelt thanks to all of the incredible artists and writers who applied for the 2013 Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency.
We would particularly like to thank those shortlisted candidates whom we had the great pleasure of meeting via Skype. Through the process we were continually inspired by their truly amazing work and dedication, which made this decision very challenging indeed.
2013 Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency Shortlist: