Marne Lucas is a visual and installation artist using nature, pop-culture and sexuality as themes in her work, both individually and in relationship to each other, creating imagery that comments on social perceptions about nature and the self; while pushing boundaries: be they personal, political or visual.
Eco- concerned with living things in relation to their environment.
Baroque- extravagantly ornate, florid, and convoluted in character or style.
Her own brand of ‘nature-based mythology’ is humorously expressed in the genre of ‘Eco-Baroque’ art pioneered with collaborator Bruce Conkle. This is an aesthetic approach to style in which magnificent opulence is created using simple, ornate or decorative materials, and mixing in natural materials when possible or practical. Met with critical success and a positive response to the concept of ‘Eco-Baroque’ has led to further development of the genre beyond installation and contributes a new approach to the current social concept of ‘Eco’ where art is related.
Lucas is most recognized for her photography- intimately exploring her subjects, merging visual beauty and abstract yet positional narrative through artist portraiture, self-portraits, and in pin-up style portraits of men and women. The body’ is both palette/canvas to explore the subtle nuances of identity, persona, and how our culture responds with changing and conflicting social attitudes.
She has collaborated extensively both behind and in front of the camera, celebrating the eroticism of the body, most notoriously with Jacob Pander on their award winning, infrared erotic short film ‘The Operation’ (1995).
‘MLSP’ (Marne Lucas Self Portrait) is a more than decade-long photo series of ever-evolving parade of characters, of all genders, in urban locales and in nature, making commentary about social roles.
She has been steadily exhibiting in galleries and universities and has published her work nationally and internationally. Her public art is on permanent display at PSU’s Smith Memorial Student Union and she is a grant recipient of the ‘Public Art + Residency Projects: State of Oregon Percent for Art Program’ and Regional Art & Culture Council project grants.