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Švecová Lucia


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Lucia’s main passion lies in still life photography.  With an eye for detail, colour and shape she creates thought-provoking images. These images are precise and effortlessly light at first glance, but all deal with serious issues.

Lucia was born in Svidník, Slovakia.
Now she lives in Harrogate, United Kingdom. 

2011 - 2014 / BA (Hons) Degree Lens Based Photo Media / Harrogate School Of Art And Design / Harrogate / UK 
2007 - 2010 / BA (Hons) Degree Teacher Training In English Language And Literature And Art Education / University Of Prešov / Prešov / SK

12 - 15 June 2014 - X13 / Leeds Gallery / Leeds / UK 
10 - 26 June 2014 - X13 / Harrogate School Of Art And Design / Harrogate / UK  

2013 - Made In England / Mestská Knižnica / Stropkov / SK
2013 - Made In England / Podduklianske Osvetové Stredisko / Svidník / SK 

2013 - Foto V Galerke / Galeria Caraffova Väznica / Prešov / SK
2013 - The End Of The Year Show / Harrogate School Of Art And Design / Harrogate / UK
2013 - Royal Hall / Harrogate / UK
2012 - The End Of The Year Show / Harrogate School Of Art And Design / Harrogate / UK

|| Equilibrium, 2014

This body of work is about a search for balance within life.
Through merging geometric shapes, forms and colours, I created images with a delicate minimalistic feeling.
These challenge the viewer’s perception with optical illusions, which reflect the elusive pendulum of personal equilibrium.
The great opportunity in this work is the subjective narrative and association the viewer brings and assigns to these images.  

|| Fake Beauty, 2013 -2014

How many tools do we need to make us beautiful? This body of work reflects on society’s expectations about the appearance of women.  I wanted to create some images relating to the topic but without being too obvious.

|| Chasing Time, 2013

In the series ‘Chasing Time’ I am focusing on household, everyday objects which represent a symbolic message. I intend to explore free time as a precious commodity in the age of high expectations and the resultant pressure on young people. How many times do we happen to say: “I don't have time“ “I'm running late“ or “I'll need to have a look in my diary first and I'll let you know later?“ For a while I have been dealing with a nagging message to hurry up, carry on and use time effectively. The time to enjoy life and relax turns into worry and distress. My mind has turned into a restless one.

|| Vanitas, 2013

A Vanitas image contains collections of objects symbolic of the inevitability of death, and the transience and vanity of earthly achievements and pleasures. In the past these images were almost religious paintings but presented as still-lifes. The word Vanitas is part of a Latin phrase which translates as Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’’ Mt 6, 18-21. In the series Vanitas I reflect on the theme of life and death. I was inspired by old masters such as Rembrandt and Caravaggio, but I applied more contemporary approach when I was shooting the series to achieve an up- to-date feeling images.

|| Inanimated, 2012

Within the series I am exploring the beauty of the texture and colour of inanimate objects. Looking at the objects from the right angle makes them alive.

|| Food Flags, 2012

My intention in the Food Flags series was to create colourful and visually striking images. I decided to use ingredients specific to the cuisine of the country when I was creating the flag. Enjoy! 

|| A place in Paris, 2013

|| Empty Corridors, 2013

Within this set of images I explore intimate interior environments. The photographs capture the subtle effect of light on a mundane surface and how its character is transformed. The interplay of light and shadow with it’s potential for metamorphosis is a dominant theme within the work. Utilising subdued colour in combination with precise focusing she turns these banal interiors into spaces of serenity and contemplation. 'Empty Corridors' were reviewed at the Guardian Camera Club, link http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/may/14/photography1.