Lucy Ridges (b.1984) creates work via the medium of photography and mixed media. With inspiration taken from the surrealist movement, her interests lie in the process of photography and of creating experimental work fuelled by the fascination of manipulating a medium so designed for the representation of reality.
Rather than subjects documented, individual images are crafted and thoughts are made visible. Photography is a medium where even the wildest of fiction must begin with a little truth, and where the truest of images are often indecipherable from fantasy. The fascination with this notion forms the basis of Lucy’s practise. Primarily working in black and white with analogue film, Lucy occasionally makes use of colour, digital and of painting within her work. The images attempt to take people on a journey and to question our surrounding realities, to move minds to a different place and to challenge our ordinary ways of seeing and of thinking. Clothes are discarded because they simply have to much to say.
MA Photography, Manchester School of Art. 2011 BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Central Lancashire. 2007
Rogue Open Studios, Manchester Sept 2014
In Strange Lands, ODD, Manchester, Aug / Sept 2013
Rogue Open Studios, Rogue Project Space, Sept 2013 Fayre, Rogue Project Space (coinciding with Buy Art Fair, Manchester) Oct 2013 Over the Hill: A Photographic Journey with Tim Andrews. The Guardian Gallery, Kings Street. London. May 2013 Lost is found, Cornerhouse, Manchester Jan / Feb 2013 Vinyard X as part of Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester May 2012 Imagination Unrestricted by Reality. Craft centre, MCR, Oct 2011 Exhibition of selected works, The Nook, Manchester. Dec/Jan 2011 Rogue Open Studios, Manchester, Oct 2011 MA Show. Manchester School of Art. Sept / Oct 2011 The Office Party, Rogue Artist Studios. Manchester, Sept 2011 Contrast, A celebration of analogue photography. OK Studios, Standish. Sept 2011 Blank Media Collective Inaugural exhibition, BlankSpace. Manchester. Jan / Feb 2011