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by amy 2015-02-13 12:03:48

Wax On / Wax Off: Lucy McKenna

Lucy Mc Kenna's work focuses on belief systems and the paranormal...


Lucy Mc Kenna is an artist with an impressive resumé, having graduated from NCAD in 2005, Lucy has since moved on to residencies in the U.S., Canada, & Iceland, has worked on a number of films that have gone on to film festivals worldwide, worked on installations for festivals such as Electric Picnic, and has even had her work exhibited in Beijing.

What is your name and what do you do? Where are you from?

Lucy McKenna, and I'm a visual artist.
I'm from Co. Kilkenny and living in Dublin.

When / how did you become so interested in your craft?

I was always into art since I was very small, but practiced drawing in a more focused way in my late teens. From there I started working in different mediums throughout my twenties up until now. I continue to work in varied art forms including drawing, film, sculptural installation and photography so my craft is fairly varied. As for how, my parents are both talented creatively in their own ways, so I suppose the interest and definitely the encouragement came from them. Kilkenny is quite a creative place to grow up though so the influence of the Arts Festival and the many designers/ makers in the county was fairly continuous.

Is there a person that you look up to?

Both of my siblings and my parents, I'm the shortest in the family ;)

What were your parents or friends reactions when you told them what you wanted to do?

I think my parents were always supportive of my career choice and could probably see it coming! Sometimes I do think they still wish I had a 'normal' job though. Many of my closest friends don't work in the creative sector so my job probably seems strange to them at times but they are always supportive even if they don't understand it exactly. It's good to have so many people in my life that don't work in my line of work as it gives me a different perspective sometimes.

What are your plans for the future?

To hopefully continue making artworks until I'm a very old lady. Also, though, to make more large scale installation works in the coming years and to experiment with new mediums. I also hope to do some more international residencies in the near future as they have had a really positive impact on my practice.

What has been your weirdest idea for a project? Did you go through with it?

I guess a 'weird' piece of work I've made involved interviewing a UFO abductee. It was a video work called 'We Didn't Move..' and was shot on Super 8mm film. The audio track featured overlapping excerpts of his interview responses, so that was quite interesting and an eye-opening experience, especially the research process beforehand.

Ever want to just give it all up and do something ordinary?


What are your words to live by?

Slow and steady wins the race.


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