Summer 2013 Resident: Lucy Maria
Summer 2013 Resident: 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.