Lucy Gillis

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Lucy, and I recently moved to Philadelphia after spending my life living in Southwestern and then Richmond, Virginia.  I didn’t take my first glassblowing class until the summer before my senior year of art school at Virginia Commonwealth University, but from that point on I knew I needed to make my work with glass.

What themes do you pursue in your work, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

Themes of loss, longing, dreams, memory, surrealism, and lately phenomenology, are all explored with my work. 

If you weren’t working in this field, what career would you choose?

I often fantasize about the distinct lives I could live with different careers, and my top four choices are to be a writer and cast member for Saturday Night Live, to be a set designer and art director for television and movies, to operate a flower farm and black cat rescue sanctuary, or to become a homicide detective.

What is your dream project?

My dream projects will hopefully evolve as I continue to work, but currently, it’s to create an installation at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.  I would also love to take over an entire home or domestic space to turn into a surreal and slightly unsettling installation featuring real and artificial plants, lighting, dated architectural elements, and of course glass. 

What is something about you most people don’t know?

I have a semi-encyclopedic knowledge of pop-culture and music references from the mid-1980s to the early 2010s.