Artist Statement

“I find great sustenance in the mother ship and all her elements. Coming from a classical and avant-garde theater arts background I carry with me the proscenium to composite new worlds with my beloved and always surprising creature friends. As much as I am painting/composing with movements and sounds, the works have a life of their own and I try to stay out of the way.”

I wrote that bit above a big while back. I feel it is fitting me still, save for the reintroduction of extensive amounts of time in writing dialogue, choreographing and rehearsing it. The entire world has become a volatile theater, so deciding where to put a live show is truly challenging. I have worked "virtually" for many years now, so I am a bit tired of it as well looking at flat screens and handling them for exhibition.

I have deconstructed myself for years after such severe training and finally this reconstruction of myself is breathing itself into me.

I am happy to have shared some drawings in my last website entry as that is a essential sideshow for me, as sporadic as it comes and goes.

I have never been comfortable with any social media platform, I really can not fit myself into these fake worlds of some idiotic concept of who we should be and telling us what to do constantly with very bad manners that teach generations of people to push people rudely around. Coercion is always pernicious. I am so tired of the commodifying of everyone and every living thing for profit. It is all very creepy and appalling to me. The contracts are just as bad and tricky.

~Lucy Nell Stewart~9/13/20


Lucy Nell Stewart was born in Northern California in autumn of 1960.

From 1973-1976 she attended American Ballet Theater scholarship summers in New York City. Returning to California she finished high school then danced professionally with a handful of ballet companies; Houston Ballet, San Francisco Opera Ballet, Garden State Ballet, and Dayton Ballet.

In 1979 through the mid 1980’s she created and performed her own performance art works in New York City as well studied clowning at “If Every Fool”. She headed back to California to for theater and film projects where her first one-woman show emerged in the early 1990’s in Los Angeles.

Back to New York City mid 1990’s to create her second show and her theatrical pursuits led to an interest in filmmaking.

She attended a handful of Super 8 and 16mm classes at Millennium with Ross McLaren and then migrated to video on her own to create these works.

She has been making art her entire life and now resides in Pennsylvania near the Delaware River.