Interview with Felicidad de Lucas

Your work interrogates what human beings feel in the face of a changing environment, and you are answering this question with your conceptual photo-project. Can we say that your motivation is to capture the moment and feeling which are also imminently changing in sync with the environment? 

Absolutely. I am interested in the concept of Eco-psychology, which defines people's relationship with the Earth as crucial to our physical and emotional well-being. The Earth and humanity are entwined; as the planet suffers, so does the human collective. The disruption in this relationship can cause many negative emotions. With "How Soon Is Now," I aim to illustrate part that disruption and to possibly start a meaningful conversation.

How does Anthropocene as discursive and conceptual ground feed your work as contemporary artist? How visible the relationship between earth, humans, other living and non-living existences in your work? How they are coming together?  

The concept of Anthropocene is very significant to me and greatly influences my work. It's the base for my interest in psychology and environmental activism. I'm intrigued by the mental processes that bond us with or separate us from nature and how it relates to a particular moment in time. These sentiments naturally transfer to my lifestyle and my work. This photo project is an interpretation of these mental bonds and alienations.

The reason I chose plastic as a link between our natural habitat and our emotions, is to help to identify the collective paradox of the emotional suffocation that plastic waste creates, yet being massively dependent on it as a society.

Either social, political or individual and intimate, what kind of tool is art for you? What’s its purpose for you if we should admit that art has some purposes?

Many times art is an end in itself. But I believe it's also an essential tool to inspire and unite people and give way to different discussions regarding the changes that are currently happening in our world.

In the context of environmental awareness, one clear purpose of art is to establish a dialogue about our role and impact in the ecosystems today, and vice-versa. The problems we are dealing with today don't have an easy solution. These images are not attempting to bring a solution. But I feel that this subject needs a conversation, and conceptual photography is an excellent tool to start it.

Felicidad de Lucas/Untitled (How Soon is Now), 2018

Felicidad de Lucas/Untitled (How Soon is Now), 2018

What do you think about today's art world? What does an ideal art world look like to you? 

Art is constantly evolving, and I see entirely new types of art and artists emerging now. There are more freedom and complexity in the art produced. People are bolder. I find it very exciting that in terms of sales and showcasing, there is an entirely new range of audiences, too. Like every other trade influenced by the internet, the art market is clearly evolving as well — online art platforms are making it easier to spot new talent and invest in emerging artists. 

In an ideal world, established art institutions would create more opportunities for emerging contemporary artists to be seen and heard, more and better art showcasing and distribution channels would continue to appear and good works of art would connect people across the planet inspiring us to make positive social and environmental changes!

You’re an artist based in OC/LA. How do you feel about the art environment there? What are some of the challenges you’re facing in LA as an artist? What are some of the benefits?

The Contemporary art scene is definitely booming here. Not only does LA have recognized art galleries and art fairs, but the place is full of non-profit and private art spaces that offering new exciting opportunities to established and emerging artists. It's also no secret that there is a freer spirit in the art world here than, say, London or New York. If you have something interesting to say and do your networking, there are viable opportunities here for you. 

For a long time, LA has been considered a place that produces many artists but has few collectors and overall bad art sales. It's clear to me that is completely changing now. The diverse culture in LA, sunny weather, and bigger spaces for cheaper rent are drawing artists from all over the world. And with more artists, more collectors and art spaces follow. The museum and art fair scene is growing fast and shows more local art, which makes us more visible to collectors. Also, some of the best art programs in the country are in LA. 

The art market is rising here, and it's quite exciting.

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