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Lucia Love’s visually rich paintings and drawings are loaded with narrative and symbolism, with references to art history, mythology, politics, and the dynamics of power.

This presentation highlights her experimental drawing practice, featuring a selection of works made with ink and watercolor on paper.

Like a work of speculative fiction, Love often creates a pastiche of fantasy and reality, as elements sourced from news media exist on an equal plane to those of pure imagination.
Love’s drawings are quite different from one another stylistically—some feeling more abstract and painterly, as if the image is materializing right before your very eyes, and others feel more reflective of her background in animation with their bold use of line. She uses the medium in a free-flowing way, to workshop characters, ideas, and formal elements before they appear in their more concrete forms in her paintings.
Lucia Love (b. 1988, New York, NY) attended the School of Visual Arts on a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, where she studied painting and animation. She is co-host of the podcast Art and Labor, which chronicles the stories of social justice organizing within the art world and advocates for fair labor practices for artists, museum workers, art handlers, interns, and anyone traditionally overworked and underpaid in the field. Her solo exhibition FIREWATER is on view at JDJ through December.

Lucia Love
The Devil and His Sack, 2014
Ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper 6 × 4 inches (15.24 × 10.16 cm)

Lucia Love
Summoning Fire, 2020
Ink on Fabriano paper
8 × 6 inches (20.32 × 15.24 cm)

Lucia Love
Pig State, 2014
Ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper 6 × 4 inches (15.24 × 10.16 cm)

Lucia Love
Jazz Space, 2014
Ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper 6 × 4 inches (15.24 × 10.16 cm)

Lucia Love
Hair, Teeth, and Nails, 2014
Ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper 6 × 4 inches (15.24 × 10.16 cm)

Lucia Love
Giants Swinging, 2014
Ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper
6 × 4 inches (15.24 × 10.16 cm)

Lucia Love
Female Research Assistant, 2020 Ink on Fabriano paper
8 × 6 inches (20.32 × 15.24 cm)

Lucia Love
Cheetah Barf, 2014
Ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper 6 × 4 inches (15.24 × 10.16 cm)

Lucia Love
Captain Morgan is a Fine Pig, 2014 Ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper 6 × 4 inches (15.24 × 10.16 cm)

Lucia Love
Blue and Gold Space, 2014
Ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper 8 × 6 inches (20.32 × 15.24 cm)