Throughout her career, fine artist and sculptor Lulu MacDonald has been captivated by her Island home of Jersey. Memories of local traditions and landmarks haunt her work from the woven texture of Battle of Flowers floats to the Madeiran vegetable crockery she collected from charity shops as a teenager.
This summer, the Hamburg-based artist is returning to the Island to present an immersive and expansive exhibition commissioned by ArtHouse Jersey, made possible by a generous donation from an individual. Culminating two years of research, ‘The Things Forever Speaking’ will showcase installations and sculptures as well as soundscapes, performances and events throughout July.
Delving into the fragility of the world’s ecosystems, this exhibition tows the complex boundaries between nature and nurture as well as dealing with notions of love and loss. Through a number of interactive elements, the show examines the ways we learn to live and find hope in a world undergoing multiple crises.
Taking notions of empathy, pain, living with sickness and the fear of dying, the content raises poetic conundrums of living, loving and ultimately longing. Lulu has collaborated with many different artists on the project including her sister and local writer Martha MacDonald, as well as ceramic artist Dominika Bednarsky and sculptors Sophie Blagden, Franziska Opel, Suse Bauer and many more.
As Jersey has so often been lovingly figured in Lulu’s artwork, it is with great pleasure that ArtHouse Jersey welcomes her back home to present this multifaceted exhibition.