Lucy Skaer was our twelfth visiting artist of the year. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art and now works in Glasgow and New York, with her exhibitions spanning across the US and Europe.

Her solo exhibition at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, 2008, was a retrospective of her work. The works there included pieces from 2001 onwards, including work commissioned for the event. There were two sculptures at the event which resulted in Skaer being nominated for the Turner Prize, 2009. One was Black Alphabet, a commissioned work by Chisenhale Gallery, which was made up of 26 coal dust sculptures exactly resembling Constantin Brancusi’s Bird in Space. The sculptures were made out of coal dust bonded with a small amount of resin, in order to keep the matt effect whilst solidifying the shape. The other piece was Leviathan Edge which was an installation comprising the skull of a sperm whale, and several drawings and sculptures.

Skaer represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007 with Tony Swain.