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The Studio Gallery
9/11 and other stories by Lucy Bucknall

Artist's Statement
The events that occurred on the morning of September 11th 2001 triggered a sea-change for me as an artist. I have always been preoccupied with the strange phenomenon that is war, the soldier, the widow, the kid with the stone, not necessarily 'victims' but ordinary people who for whatever reason get caught up in the maelstrom of political decision making. Members of my close and extended family who live and work throughout the world have close ties to politics, the arms industry, social development and journalism, and we all are regular international air passengers, I cannot envisage the content of my work being anything other than what it is, a reflection of the world today.

"Blessed were the times which lacked the dreadful fury of those diabolical engines, the artillery, whose inventor I firmly believe is now receiving the reward for his devilish invention in hell; an invention which allows a bare and cowardly hand to take the life of a brave knight, in such a way that, without his knowing how or why, when his valiant heart is fullest of furious courage, there comes some random shot - discharged perhaps by a man who fled in terror from the flash the accursed machine made in firing - and puts an end in a moment to the consciousness of one who deserved to enjoy life for many an age. And when I think of that, I am tempted to say that it grieves me to the heart to have adopted this profession of knight errantry in such a detestable age as we now live in. For although no danger frightens me, still it causes me misgivings to think that powder and lead may deprive me of the chance of winning fame and renown by the strength of my arm and the edge of my sword, over all known earth."

Cervantes Don Quixote
circa 1604


Since arriving in NZ 1998, Lucy has staged two one-man shows :-

The Studio gallery, Kingsland, Auckland City.

Satellite Gallery, Newton , Auckland City.


Group shows include :-

The Studio Gallery, Kingsland, Auckland City.

Gillan Gallery in Parnell, Auckland City.

The Auckland Museum, Auckland City.

COCA Art gallery, Christchurch City.

The Depot Artspace, Devonport, North Shore City.

The Lane Gallery, Auckland City.

Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke Island.

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island.

Sculpture on the Shore, Fort Takapuna, North Shore.

Botanical Gardens bi -annual sculpture exhibition, Auckland.

'Shapeshifter' sculpture show, Wellington .

Kaipara sculpture Gardens, Auckland.

Brick Bay Vineyard, Matakana, Hibiscus Coast.

Waitakaruru Sculpture Gardens, Hamilton.

Kumeu art in the vineyards sculpture show, Auckland.

Sculpture in the City, Wynard Quarter, Auckland City.

Auckland Botanical Gardens.









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