Untitled (How to Win Friends), 2022, Archival pigment print, Edition of 5, 30 x 40"
Visiting Artist Lectures

Kija Lucas


Please join us for a lecture with artist Kija Lucas.

Date: Wednesday, February 1, 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Via Zoom, https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85871665817

Meeting ID: 858 7166 5817
Passcode: oxbow

Kija Lucas is an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She uses photography to explore ideas of home, heritage and inheritance. She is interested in how ideas are passed down and seemingly inconsequential moments create changes that last generations.

In Still, Life, Lucas draws on the visual language of 16th and 17th-century vanitas still lives, an artistic genre that utilized opulent arrangements of symbolic objects like skulls, rotting food, and snuffed-out candles to remind viewers of the transience of earthly life and the inevitability of decay. In this new series of photographs created at Recology, she draws on motifs that suggest impermanence and death common within vanitas, reinterpreted for our contemporary age: piles of chiropractic demonstration spines, real decomposing flowers alongside eternally bright artificial arrangements, an upended and outdated classroom globe mapping countries that no longer exist, and fallen drapery of plastic bags and gold lamé. This mixture of the ephemeral and obstinately imperishable serves as a sobering reminder that even while we each face our mortality, the manifestations of our consumption and social impact will linger well beyond our lifespans.

Written by Weston Teruya

(all images in this series were made while in residence at Recology San Francisco)

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