Solo exhibition at The Stamford Museum with
"First Wish" on left and "Offering" on right.
Lucy Krupenye on News 12
Lucy is very in tune with nature and preserving the environment and she uses a lot of "recyled" material in her work. What most people consider flotsam, jetsam or garbage, she often considers treasures!
Lucy's sculptures have been described by critics and gallery and museum directors as "exquisite, "eloquent", "evocative", "earthy", "intuitive", "primitive" and "emanating soul". Her
Her sculptures are a reflection of her soul and she strives to create works of beauty, peace and tranquility in a world that is often surrounded by violence and hatred.
Lucy has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums in the Northeast and New York City. She has had solo exhibitions at The Hammond Museum, The Stamford Museum, The Silvermine Guild Arts Center, as well as in many other galleries. She has been the featured artist in Westport Magazine, in many newspapers, on the cable television program Miggs B on TV and she and her work were included in the book "The Art of the Birdhouse : Protraits of Artists and Their Creations". She has won awards for her sculptures in juried exhibitions and her work is in private collections in the United States and in Europe.
"I found myself attracted to a couple of works that resonate with poetic potential. An open violin case ("A Simple Life") holds detritus - a rusted hinge, a chunk of driftwood and the heel of an old shoe. It seems to encapsulate a mundane life, that is, in short, almost everybody's life." --- The New York Times
"To most people, the pieces of tin, discarded household junk, rocks and bleached-out animal bones that Ms. Krupenye scavenges is just litter, neighbors are probobly glad that she is cleaning up the woods . But Ms. Krupenye isn an artist who sees beauty in what washes up on beaches and river banks. Ms. Krupenye makes wall hanging sculpture: warm, earthy creations of wood, metal, stone and old bone, literaly pieces of Connecticut landscape." --- The New York TImes
"Lucy's work is often infused with a Native American spirit. She creates many totem pieces that reflect nature, spirituality and history including "Totem to Mon-o-lah" in homage to the Cherokee Earth Mother. The harmony of color, form and texture is the essential element that binds her work.....Her elements are often heavy and unwieldly; the result is hard sinewy arms that resemble those of a toned weightlifter.......If there's a distinctive quality about her work, it's that she's an intuitive artist..." --- Westport Magazine
"Lucy Krupenye creates assemblages of found materials of bone, rocks, wood and metal and juxtaposes, with lyric fluidity, the inherently rich textures and colors of each object." --- Director, Stamford Museum
"Lucy M Krupenye, an award-winning sculptor creates assemblages out of found materials of stone, wood, metal and bone. She juxtaposes them and joins them in a very personal rendering of her thoughts and emotions. When used together, the elements fuse to produce an eloquent unity."
"Ms. Krupenye's sculptures, created in collage or assemblage technique, are exquisite works made of natural objects. Wood, bone, metal, stone and other elements flow into various impressionistic forms. The finished sculptures are a contrast of colors and textures, pleasing to the eye and requiring nothing from the viewer, save an open heart." --- The Wilton Bulletin
"Lucy Krupenye offers a group of assemblages that assume totem and mask attitudes. They bear a resemblance to primitive and spiritual expressions in stone, bone or other natural sources and they are at once both rustic and sophisticated." --- The Patent Trader
"Ms. Krupenye's sculptures are not always obvious as personal revelations, until the viewer looks closely. Her assemblages contain stone, wood, metal and bone, usually left in their found states. In Ms. Krupenye's hands, the seperate parts are layered or otherwise joined in an exquisite rendering of her thoughts and emotions. Ms. Krupenye has deep artistic connection with stone, carefully choosing each rock that she collects for its color, texture and shape. While stone appeals to her emotions directly, the wood, metal and bone pieces she collects speak of details of other, anonymous lives: auto parts, boards from old defunct buildings, last remains of a wild animal. By incorporating them in her work, Ms. Krupenye gives them a timelessness as steady as the stone to which she has bolted them." --- Owner/Curator, The Cannondale Gallery
"Harmony is one of the strongest elements in Ms. Krupenye's one of a kind sculptures." --- The Hour
"Ms. Krupenye's assemblages of metal, wood, stone and bone, ranging in height up to more that 6 feet, often have an organic feel. Although she sometimes contrasts elements, she most frequently looks for harmony among her diverse elements. Using discarded and found elements, Ms. Krupenye searches through the debris for beauty that can be created from it." ---- The New Canaan Advertiser
"Upon walking into the gallery, one is struck by the simple elegance and tranquility of the exhibition as a whole. Despite the differences in mediums, Lucy and Grace's work compliment each other to exquisite effect, playing off common earth tones and textures, creating an unusually powerful and peaceful mood." --- Curator, "Mother/Daughter Exhibition: Intertwined Journeys" Cora E. McLaughlin Gallery, Convent of the Sacred Heart
"The surprising discrepency between Ms. Krupenye's petite, blond, girlish appearance and the totemic sculptures that she creates from found objects, including car parts such as catalytic converters and flattened tailpipes, and even deer bones she finds in the woods, is charming. The sculptor's pieces have an African sensibility that is not entirely unlike the Vigango (Kenyan) totems. Her pieces which all have a sort of warm, protective and motherly feel and shape, bear names such as "Autotem" for one made of car parts, "Guardian" and "La Reine Rouge" or The Red Queen for one made of rusted parts that have taken on a rusty red patina."
--- The Litchfield County Times
"Ms. Krupenye's sculptures are different from what people normally expect. People do expect to see sculptures on walls. Ranging in size - largest piece is 6 and a half feet high - her naturally organic pieces, inspired by the music and nature she is most at home with, combine color, form and texture to give voice to her soul." --- The New Canaan Society for the Arts