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His 'n' Hers

Artwork size: 77 x 60 x 12
Image size: 77 x 60 x 12
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‘His ’n’ Hers’ is a pair of cabinets, filled with items, made from felt, thread and acrylic by acclaimed artist Lucy Sparrow. From a limited edition of 50, the piece comes complete with signed certificate of authenticity and signed 'Felt World' book.
Contemporary artist Lucy Sparrow has taken the art world by storm with her innovative felt displays. With the bright colours and soft tactility of child’s toys, Sparrow’s pieces are instantly emotive and magnetic. Yet, through this naive medium, Sparrow explores human need and desire, with themes ranging from sex, to violence, to consumerism. Her work is not only highly skilled, but filled with reflective depth, captured and contemplated spectacularly through her idiosyncratic use of textiles. ‘His ’n’ Hers’ is a pair of bathroom cabinets, each containing gendered toiletries: in his, items include Bryllcream, Viagra, and condoms; in hers, tampons, Canesten cream, and anti-ageing moisturiser; while some, more gender neutral items feature across both, from VapoRub, to vaseline, to vitamins. ‘His ’n’ Hers’ is not simply a commentary on consumerism, but a poignant expression of gendered life and an exploration of human biology as conceived through the market. Sparrow’s use of felt intensifies the piece, reducing products of necessity to toys that we want to touch, but that serve no functional purpose. Sparrow’s work is endlessly compelling, in both its brash beauty and its thoughtful complexities: this is contemporary art at its very best.

About The Artist - Lucy Sparrow

Lucy Sparrow is originally from Bath (UK), and works mainly in felt to create art that evokes delight and emotional responses from nearly everyone who sees it. Her work consists of quirky touches, creating art inspired by everyday household objects and is often created using bright primary colours which appeals to all ages.

However, lurking under the surface of Lucy’s bright and fun art lies a darker side. Whether it’s her felt AK-47s automatic weapons, or even her googly-eyed Prozac pills, her work offers plenty of commentary on the consumer world and the politics of modern life. Where others might see the harsh and ugly side of an object, Lucy will take the same thing and disarms its negative aspects with her mastery of felting technique and the juxtaposition of other quirky creations.

Lucy Sparrow’s ‘Feltism’ has caused quite a stir on the urban art scene and this culminated in 2014 with her fabulously inventive ‘Cornershop’. For the entire month of August, Lucy took over a rundown corner shop in Bethnal Green, East London, and filled it with more than 4000 hand-stitched felt replicas of everyday items that you’d normally find in a local shop. Tins of tomato soup jostled for shelf-space alongside felt cat litter and a freezer-full of felt iced-lollies. The show was an incredible success with visitors from all over the world.

Pieces of Lucy’s art are held in both private and corporate collections throughout the EU and the US.

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