Lucy Orta Lecture – 4 November 2015

LucyOrta lecture

Lucy Orta

Born in Great Britain (1966).

Lucy graduated with an honours degree in fashion-knitwear design from Nottingham Trent University in 1989, and began practising as a visual artist in Paris in 1992. In acknowledgement of her innovative socially driven work, she was nominated as Head of Man & Humanity, a pioneering master program that stimulates socially driven and sustainable design, which she cofounded with Li Edelkoort at the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2002. She has also been a professor at London College of Fashion since 2002, and is currently the Chair of Art and the Environment at the University of the Arts London. In recognition of her academic contribution to the visual arts, she has received a honorary Master from Nottingham Trent University and an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Brighton.

Lucy’s sculptural work investigates the boundaries between the body and architecture, exploring their common social factors, such as communication and identity. She uses the media of drawing, sculpture, performance, video, and photography to realize a singular body of work. Emblematic artworks include, Refuge Wear and Body Architecture (1992–98), portable, lightweight, and autonomous structures representing issues of mobility and survival. Nexus Architecture (1994–2002), public interventions in which participants connect to each other, shaping modular and collective structures that visualize the concept of the social link. Life Guards (2004–ongoing), reflects on the body as a metaphorical supportive framework. Lucy Orta co-founded Studio Orta in 1992 with her husband, the Argentine artist Jorge Orta, and they now work under the co-authorship Lucy + Jorge Orta.