Canterbury-based artist Cheryl Lucas pushes the physical and conceptual possibilities of the ceramic artform, describing it as “the perfect medium to convey even the most unpalatable truths”. The surfaces of her works may be seductive, but they tackle rough and relevant ground, often focusing on the intersections between the natural world and human intervention. Occupying both physical and psychological space, they deftly overturn expectations about scale and ambition.
This richly illustrated book accompanies Lucas’s major solo exhibition at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Featuring approachable essays from Felicity Milburn and Kim Paton, it examines highlights from her career to date and launches a major body of new work.