THE TIME BE­TWEEN TIME

South African artist Lu­cille Lewin on the art of be­ing hu­man

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My most trea­sured col­lec­tion…

My first col­lec­tion was based on the trav­els of Mr Pitt, whose col­lec­tion of arte­facts, trivia, and tribal ephemera is dis­played in the orig­i­nal Vic­to­rian Vitrines in the Pitt Rivers Mu­seum in Ox­ford. While I was a stu­dent, the re­search mu­seum be­came my favourite and I based my fi­nal show at the City Lit to earn my Diploma with a fic­ti­tious Vic­to­rian Explorers col­lec­tion–– imag­ined in a shed which had been re­dis­cov­ered with all its trea­sures in­tact, but for­got­ten on the grounds of a di­lap­i­dated coun­try house.

My lat­est col­lec­tion…

My most re­cent work is called The Time Be­tween Time’ and re­flects the place we are in at the mo­ment as hu­mans, ex­am­in­ing the chaotic na­ture of our times, and the re­la­tion­ship we have with na­ture and our planet.

My up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion…

I show­cased at Col­lect18 at the Saatchi Gallery. Be­cause I won the Young Masters Maylis Art Prize, I had a large space to dis­play my in­stal­la­tion com­pris­ing in­di­vid­ual pieces, which can be com­bined and viewed con­cep­tu­ally as a whole.

Trav­els in­spire my art…

Trav­el­ling is very im­por­tant to me, be­cause it pro­vides a new per­spec­tive, and this in­forms my work. I am in­spired by na­ture––land­scape, ex­otic plants, botan­i­cal items, ob­jects found on a beach, col­lected in the desert, and stones on a beach, all find their way into my work. I spend time in mu­se­ums and art gal­leries when I travel, as well as hik­ing, and go­ing on Sa­fari. I have spent a great deal of time in Ja­pan, and I know it is a cliché, but the con­cept of Wabis­abi has been im­por­tant to me and had been a great in­flu­ence. Born and raised in South Africa, I still go back once a year and travel ex­ten­sively. The bush, sea, light, veg­e­ta­tion and the dust in­spire me I think time travel would be my most favoured travel ex­pe­ri­ence. I would like to be able to travel back and for­ward and would dearly love to be able to stop time for a bit to pro­vide a way to con­tem­plate.

My favourite city…

Al­though Paris, New York and Cape Town come close, London is my favourite city with­out any doubt, it is a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of new and old, tra­di­tional and cool, full of ec­cen­tric peo­ple free to do what they are good at. Cre­atively, it is eth­ni­cally di­verse, and phys­i­cally it is beau­ti­ful. I still get a thrill walk­ing around af­ter liv­ing here since 1970! I look at London both as an out­sider and as a res­i­dent.

My rec­om­mended hid­den gems...

Ha­zlitt’s in Soho is a cu­ri­ous ho­tel which still re­tains the creaky floors and an­tique fur­nish­ings mak­ing it the most at­mo­spheric ho­tels in London. There are so many un­usual gal­leries in odd places through­out London, but one of the most cu­ri­ous must be The Viktor Wynd Mu­seum of Cu­riosi­ties, which also dou­bles as a cock­tail bar, on Mare Street in east London.

An avo­cado bar just opened on Flo­ral Street in Covent Gar­den, talk about niche. Sadlers Wells Theatre is my favourite place where cham­pi­ons dance all kinds of ways. The Dis­count Suit Com­pany is one of the new, dif­fi­cult-to-find bars that mas­quer­ade as some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent, only for those in the know; don’t go there ex­pect­ing to find a suit! Kew Gar­dens must be at the top of the list for na­ture lovers, visit the ex­hi­bi­tion by Re­becca Louise Law: Life in Death, com­posed of hang­ing flow­ers and The Hive, an ex­tra­or­di­nary feat of en­gi­neer­ing high­light­ing the life of bees.

My travel must-haves…

My travel must-haves are all based on com­fort. I take my down pil­low ev­ery­where, even to the best ho­tels which have pil­low li­braries. I take a change of undies and a fresh T-shirt in my hand­bag if I check my lug­gage, ever since we lost our lug­gage in Moscow on our way to Tokyo. A black Pash­mina to put over my head to block out the cabin lights and keep me warm as in­evitably the cabin can feel too cold. My week­end re­treat…

I have been go­ing to Greyshott Hall in Surry over the past30 years for week­end re­treats when I need a to­tal break from ev­ery­thing. A slightly faded health farm in the coun­try, it is not chic, not smart, but the fa­cil­i­ties are just fine, and it is set in the glo­ri­ous coun­try­side. Quiet and gen­tle, very lit­tle hap­pens but be­cause of that, it is the most won­der­ful way to detox. I also love city breaks––whizzing around Barcelona, New York, and Paris eat­ing, shop­ping, and get­ting my cul­tural fix. As much a re­treat from re­al­ity as it is to boost my cre­ativ­ity.

My top five favourite ho­tels…

My most favourite ho­tels in the world are Samode Haveli and Narain Ni­was Palace, in Jaipur; De­vi­garh, near Udaipur; The Baby­lon­storen in South Africa, and Clive­den in Berk­shire. They top my list be­cause I have had won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ences in all of them and shared them with my most favourite peo­ple.

Lu­cille Lewin is a South African born Bri­tish sculp­tor work­ing in porce­lain, glass and metal. Lewin has shown at Christie’s (2017) and Mes­sums Wilt­shire (2017) and is the cur­rent win­ner of the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceram­ics Prize (2017). Her work is held in pri­vate col­lec­tions, and was rep­re­sented by the Cyn­thia Cor­bett Gallery at Col­lect 2018.

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