In Victoria Lucas’ audio installation The Search, the artist and her two sisters work to replicate the sound of their mother’s laugh, a sound that, at the time of making, they had not heard for seven years since her death. Through their own inherited voices, they repeatedly search for the correct sequence of sounds in order to replicate what now only exists as a faded memory.
The Search was created in response to Barbara Hepworth’s Mother and Child (1934) and was first staged at The Hepworth Wakefield as part of The Swap, an exchange project between The Hepworth Wakefield and Westgate Studios in 2010. We are delighted to re-present an updated version of this work, which will be installed close to, and in dialogue with, Hepworth’s Mother and Child.
The Search will be played on a continual loop throughout the day.
About the artist
Victoria Lucas’ Recent artworks incorporate sculpture with video, photography, sound and performance. Lucas uses technology and sculpture to remap, embody and entangle the material strata of landscapes, a process in which female subjectivity is reimagined and reclaimed in place.
Lucas is currently a Platform20 resident at Site Gallery as part of the Freelands Artist Programme (2020 – 22) and was recently commissioned to design the cover of Corridor8’s CHAINMAIL#4 Publication. In 2020 she orchestrated a performance for the Art and the Rural Imagination conference.
Born in 1982, UK, Lucas is a part-time practice-led PhD candidate at Sheffield Hallam University and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire.
This event forms part of a series of performances and audio-visual works made in response to Hepworth’s work presented alongside our 10th anniversary exhibition Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life.
The programme of events takes place throughout the exhibition and features new and re-staged works by artists, musicians and dancers, many of whom we have worked with over the past ten years. Please see our What’s On listings for details of all events.
Our anniversary events are free but tickets to the Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life exhibition are required. Exhibition tickets are priced at £12 / £10 Concessions / FREE for Members, Wakefield District residents and under 16s. Book your ticket online.