In her sculptures, LR Vandy brings together both found and made objects in order to create new meaning. In her Hull series, Vandy transforms model boat hulls into ‘masks’, animating them with various materials, including fishing floats, porcupine quills and acupuncture needles. The hulls allude to the transportation of migrants as commodities. As masks they present a transformation of identity, drawing upon the tradition of talismans, charms and amulets. Representing aggressive protection, the materials Vandy applies to the hulls reference witchcraft/voodoo needles or nails, creating a tension throughout the works. The overall forms draw together the opposing aesthetics of attraction and repulsion; alluring and seemingly decorative pieces that on closer inspection provoke a sense of danger in the larger context of our world.
Vandy made her sell-out debut in London at 1-54, 2018, which was followed by her highly anticipated first solo show at October Gallery in June 2019. Also in 2019, the largescale piece Superhero Cog Woman was displayed as part of Frieze Sculpture, London 2019. Her work is in a range of private collections and was recently acquired by the British Museum, London.