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 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. 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 at 1-54 London 2018, which was followed by first solo show at October Gallery in 2019. In 2019, the large-scale piece Superhero Cog Woman was part of Frieze Sculpture, London. Her work is in various private collections and was acquired by the British Museum.