Lucia Boaghe’s Art is about immigration as a psychological experience and as a part of contemporary life. She comes from Moldova, a small country with just about 3.5 million population, which is declining daily. In the last 10 years more than 1.2 million left Moldova. Everyone capable to work is trying to find a better life. As a result there are ruined families and kids growing up without their parents.

 

Her experience of immigration has an emotional impact on her work. The interest in psychology has played an important role in her practice as well. The change of national identity in a multinational environment led to the idea of translating this through sculpture, showing the psychological emptiness in a modified, distorted identity... the disappearance of national identity as a result of assimilation and influence of new cultures. Her sculptures are in different sizes and forms, semi figurative, semi abstract but all of them are white outside or inside as a complete diluted state - all colours equally in the same proportion and the colour of nothing but still keeping diverse colours in some parts. They are in small scale and very tactile, engaging the viewer to touching. They are made  from porcelain, representing the fragility of the inner world. The medium has his own voice in her works.

Her creation comes in series, corresponding to her emotional evolution: Rebirth, Metamorphosis and Dor, which is an untranslatable world from Romanian meaning pain and happiness, love and grief, missing and hankering at the same time. It’s a noun and a verb. The most controversial word in Romanian. The Dor series was inspired from Brancusi’s collection of Maiastra, having the folklore background as much as from Georgia O’Keeffe and Paula Hayes works.

 

Her works explore the psychological trauma of a migrant and the excitement of a new beginning at the same time. Lucia Boaghe’s work represents the modern life of a soul with light and dark, black and white, positive and negative spaces as these are the places for creation. Her ceramics look like very domestic objects but they aren’t easy to use actually because of the sophisticated form. It’s inviting to touch but the broken parts are talking about the fragility and keeping away. She’s building emotions and feelings, not objects.

 

Education

-MA Fine Art,Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, London, 2021

-Graduate Diploma Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, London, 2020

-Foundation Diploma, Hampstead School of Art, London, 2018

-Interior Design, postgraduate course, Technical University of Moldova, Chisinau, 2013

-BA  Philology, Moldovan State University, Chisinau, 1999

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Exhibitions

-I’m ready to dance again, Safehouse 1&2 Gallery, 17-20 May, 2021

-DR Show, Cookhouse Gallery, 30 April, 2021

-DR Show, Cookhouse Gallery, 28 April, 2021

-DR Show, Cookhouse Gallery, 23 April, 2021

-Hello, how are you? Instagram, ADV residency, 17 April, 2021

https://www.instagram.com/p/CNwt6TTFUFo/?igshid=1v2yjnm0y5nma

-H2OOOO, online group exhibition, 25 March, 2021 

https://h2oooohhhh.wixsite.com/h2oooo/artists

-Forward by 8PM, online group exhibition, 22 March, 2021

https://space-crisis.tumblr.com/tagged/forwardby8pm

-MAFA International Festival, January 2021 

https://www.mafahub.com/?fbclid=IwAR05s-b7U9YJtKd7lCNcxx07yg0rcINNDAA3nje7AQ6qOoZlbinZBX4-El0

-Late at Tate Britain, 15 December 2020,

 https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/online-event/late/late-tate-britain-online

-Cookhouse Show MAFA, Cookhouse Gallery, London, November, 2020

-Off-Site Show, Covent Garden, London, November, 2020

-Online Show, October , 2020 

https://artslondon.padlet.org/sdavid0320171/niu9xzcv6y7olbkr 

-Graduate showcase, July, 2020, 

https://graduateshowcase.arts.ac.uk/projects/1415/cover?fbclid=IwAR2ldjw0Knp8YTjApifhTLx2r_qPUWgBJBMHhpF0wVS6n6XAAZGRlQ-qnrQ

-Anti-Rocket, 29 July - 16August, 2020, online exhibition

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RuRUC4iY2Aoco_orqzSkcaV4lfHl5yVa_yggqqZ4VQ4/edit

-Different visuals, lightly touched, Cookhouse Gallery, January, 2020

-The Studio Show Chelsea College of Arts, London, November, 2019

-Students and Stuff, Hampstead School ofArt, London, 8-20 July, 2019

-Picture the Heath, Hampstead Art Fair, London, 23  June, 2019

-Play, 84 Heath Street, London, 18 May-19 June, 2019

-Foundation Course graduating, Hampstead School of Art, London, 4-8 July, 2018

-Picture the Heath, Hampstead Art Fair, London,  23 June, 2018

-Students and Stuff,  Hampstead School of Art, London, 18 May-24 June, 2018

-Everything must change, 84 Heath Street, London, 5 May-10 June, 2018

-Between two, Solo Show, 23 Grosvenor Gardens, London, 23 July-20 August, 2017

Media

TV Moldova 1

Interview

https://fb.watch/2QjDbdHrAF/

TV Moldova 1

Interview

https://fb.watch/2QjXI77Bzv/

Publications 

MAFAzine 2020-2021  https://group2.myblog.arts.ac.uk/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=post

MAFAzine 2020-2021  https://luciaboaghe.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2020/11/03/family-2bs-interviews/

https://luciaboaghe.myblog.arts.ac.uk/