Lucy Gillis, MFA 2020

March 25-28, 2020

Opening Reception: March 27th, 6-8pm

"Never Enough," 2019, glass tube, argon gas, mercury, electricity, 28" x 36" x 44"

"Love Like a Sunset," 2019, glass tube, neon gas, electricity, found materials, 4" x 11" x 30"

Artist Statement

I make work because I never want to die.  I never want life to stop.  Maybe that’s why I have a hard time “finishing” things—once something is finished, it’s stopped.  And like I said, I don’t want to stop.

My best friend stopped at eighteen years old.  He chose to stop.  I was the only person he chose to say goodbye to.

(T)His goodbye was one-sided. I didn’t know until afterward. I didn’t get to say it to him.

My life before this, now a distant dream, stopped in the moment I received his goodbye. 

My work represents my deprived goodbye to my best friend.  It is a gentle, but sometimes desperate, attempt to revive the distant dream that died with him.  It is a poignant retelling of an intangible history, and narration of a nonexistent present and future.