Marne Lucas aka CuntemporaryArtist is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist based in Harlem, New York, using photography, video and installation to present unique aesthetic or social philosophies. Central to her practice are investigations of nature, culture, and the body, working in conceptual overlaps: life’s energy, the environment, beauty, identity, intimacy and mortality. Lucas’ current social practice project ‘Bardo’ explores creativity as a form of spiritual palliative care, collaborating with hospice patients. Towards this project she is training to be a certified end-of-life doula, a role acting as liaison to the dying.
An experimental filmmaker, her recent black & white infrared videos Haute Flash (2017), Mālama ‘Āina (WIP), and previous collaborations with Jacob Pander, Incident Energy (2013), ‘The Operation’ (1995) use military imaging technology to reference surveillance culture and the fragility of human existence. Lucas’ long-term social practice project ‘Bardo’ explores creativity as a form of spiritual palliative care; collaborating with hospice patients. Towards this project she is training to be a certified end-of-life doula, a role acting as liaison to the dying.
Marne is known for stylistic photographic portraiture in ongoing artist portrait series ‘Sitting City’ and MLSP, a self-portraiture series since 1995, share a similar process and aesthetic. Her elaborate Eco-Baroque installations made from recycled or natural materials, express an eco-based spirituality and include installation and land art.
Lucas has received Regional Arts & Culture Council project grants, participated in a 2016 Arts/Industry Kohler Co. factory residency (Foundry, Pottery), the Land Art Mongolia 360 Residency + Biennial, a 2012 CentralTrak experimental film residency, the Portland2010 Oregon Biennial, and made a public art commission for ‘PSU Smith Memorial Student Union Public Art + Residency Projects: State of Oregon % for Art Program’ (2009). Her artist collective Blinglab (co-founded with Bruce Conkle) performed a long-form puppet show at PICA T.B.A. 2007 “The Untold Misadventures of Lewis and Clark”. She is co-founder of the feminist artist collective Cuntemporary Artists Presents.
Her recent film Haute Flash is part of ‘Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science’ (2018) a video exhibition and lecture series at Space Plus (Lincoln, U.K.) Peltz Gallery (London), Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain, and Sala Borsa, Bologna, Italy.