Marne Lucas (b. 1968 Honolulu) is a multi-disciplinary artist living in New York City. Her investigations of nature, cultural expression and the body use photography, video and installation art to present social or aesthetic philosophies. Marne is an infrared imaging (IR) video pioneer in works with Jacob Pander; their recent 4-channel video installation ‘INCIDENT ENERGY’ references surveillance culture within a creation story on our stellar origins.
Lucas works in conceptual overlaps: biomorphic forms, identity, beauty, energy, and mankind’s place in relationship to these elements. Lucas is known for stylistic portraits celebrating the body; conceptualized with an intuitive approach, resulting in portraits that candidly portray individuals in a manner that is intimate yet imbued with a sense of empowerment. She works entirely on-location in nature or a fantasy setting, where the sitter and their personal world influence the theatrical art direction. Her honest depiction of her sitters draws upon a background in erotic tableaux, a historically male tradition.
She has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, participated in a CentralTrak artist residency, received an Oregon Arts Commission public art grant, and RACC project grants 2006, collaboratively 2008, 2012.
Eco: concerned with living things in relation to their environment.
Baroque: extravagantly ornate, florid, or convoluted in character or style.
Her ‘Eco-Baroque’ installations with artist Bruce Conkle, using photography, video and sculpture, have exhibited in the 2012 Mongolia 360˙ Land Art Biennial, the Portland2010 Oregon Art Biennial and The Art Gym at Marylhurst University. ‘Eco-Baroque’ is a maximalist aesthetic approach to illuminate nature’s ornate beauty, transcending manufactured decadence with recycled/natural materials; aiming to inform, amuse and question the consumption of resources.