Born in California, Lucas attended UCLA where she received her BA, MA and MFA in sculpture. Along with husband/artist Michael Hayden, Lucas co-owns Thinking Lightly, Inc. Her sculptures designed to merge with architecture can be found in both corporate and private collections. Lucas lives in Santa Rosa.
Working site specifically allows me a total freedom from any preconception with regard to materials. For each location, I select and utilize the material(s) that best suit my concept for that particular place. I believe sculpture must not only withstand the physical rigors of the environment, but also the elusive and constantly changing aesthetic demands of sophisticated viewers, day after day. My repertoire of media consists of all the traditional sculptural materials, including clay, metals, wood, plaster, and stone, as well as glass, plastics, fabrics, concrete, and holographically originated diffraction gratings, transparent films and flexible inks and dyes, resin, epoxy paints, mechanically created composites , light, and I love technology. Not that I know much, but I know that anything I can imagine can probably be done somehow and I enjoy the search for a link to that technology or technologist who may be able to help me realize my vision. I consider communication to be the most valuable part of the sculptural process.
Suspended sculptures allow one to be both inside and outside the work. The sculpture must either have its own structural integrity, or be supported by a superstructure [architecture or nature]. I see walls, ceilings and floors of interior spaces as potential frameworks for sculptures. Atriums, vaulted ceilings, and stairwells, which naturally draw the eye upward, in my mind are empty volumes of air waiting to be given definition and purpose by sculpture. In Marijke's Grove the trees hold the sculpture. I created "Cloud" after several different attempts at outdoor installation, the challenge always being to stand up against natural forces and still maintain a certain fragility. Like a poem engraved in marble, read in a whisper… Nature is my inspiration and the sculpture is my interpretation.
My sculptures are simple, dynamic, kinetic and unique. They occur to me spontaneously, but come into physical existence by lengthy and labor intensive processes which both exhaust and energize.
Beyond the initial encounter, I hope my works continue to offer revelation… that each sculpture will continuously present new aspects of itself for discovery by viewers who may see it only once, or those who pass it many times every day for years and years.
I didn't know Al Voigt. I know I would have been honored to have his support of my work. I like to think that "Cloud" would have surprised and intrigued him a little. I am so delighted to be included in this exhibition. Art is a universal language… a luxury… a necessity.
Kristina Lucas, Sculptor