Lucia Volker was born in Italy, grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Lucia’s formal education is in printmaking, and she is currently exploring the intersection of painting and print based work through a variety of processes. Using a range of techniques helps her to investigate opacity, transparency and repetition, which plays into the work thematically and visually.
Relationships soften the banality of the day to day, like flora softens landscape. Experiencing one’s immediate surroundings connects environment to reality, and is evident through the stages of the life and death cycle of plant life and urban development. Flowers are delicate yet sturdy, sensitive yet resilient, symbolize beauty, expansion, and change. They bloom, face the elements, begin to wither away, and finally die. People are constantly moving through the same cyclical motions. The connection between individuals and their physical environment bring up questions of the significance place, home, and community. Place inspires investigation of history and memory, while the idea of home conjures personal identity, intimacy, partnership.