My work centres around the concept of parity of esteem of mental health with physical health and how the two are intimately linked.
Through art I explore the physical manifestations of psychological ill health, in particular focussing on self comforting repetitive behaviours such as rocking, rubbing, pacing and foot tapping. In my earliest work I exaggerated these behaviours, expressing them through large-scale performative mark making which was captured photographically.
I also work with drawing and painting and experiment with ways to capture the physical energy and rawness of both the repetitive behaviours and the performative mark making in more figurative imagery.
I am a relatively new artist, having only been developing a practice since 2014. I made a career change in 2016 and am currently working part time on behalf of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and CoolTan Arts to help develop their arts and wellbeing projects in addition to working on my own artistic practice.
From summer 2017 my work has taken on a new direction being much less restrictive with regards to theme and more playful and experimental. Examples of these new explorations can be found on my Instagram account @lucyspringall
May 2018 - (Forthcoming), The Holborn Group at R. K. Burt Gallery, Borough
May 2017 - 'Works on Paper', The Holborn Group at R. K. Burt Gallery, Borough
July 2016 - 'Fine Art Graduate Show', City Lit at Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch