The box is a safe place. The box is a constant, what’s in it stays still as life changes around it. As a child, Lucy kept the artefacts of her life in a box beneath her bed: letters, cards, autograph books, diaries, a place to keep the evidence of life, keep memory precious and intact. As an adult moving constantly around Europe and then to New York, Lucy still kept tokens of her life; invitations, programmes, children’s notes, letters, cards, messages, ephemera that she felt was in someway vital to the reality of what she was living, that was part of her. She kept it all in a box and marked it “Open the Box”.
She searched for an artist to bring life to these precious fragments and make them whole. She encountered Amia Yokoyama, a multi-media artist. From Lucy’s concept, Amia created a work of art that is permanent, alive, that takes memory, deconstructs it and reimagines it as an abstract, sculptural work of art, giving it depth and vitality.
From this first work, Lucy and Amia continue to explore the concept, creating commissioned works of art for clients that celebrate and give physical form to memory. Assessing and understanding the hopes of each client, together Lucy and Amia open the box and Amia creates a singular work of art from the layers of personal artefact. “It is a physical representation of the minutiae and the everyday existence of what you have lived through” says Lucy, “It is a part of you. It is a truth.”