Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
Marne Lucas–photographer, visual artist, and co-founder of Eco-Baroque Art & Design.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I’ve been most known for intimate portraiture–pin-ups and self-portraits–but I’m multi-tasking on art endeavors that include installation art, film, video, and of course lots of photography. I’m continuing to expand on elaborate Eco-Baroque art installation project with my collaborator artist Bruce Conkle. We invented an art genre that’s a bit Louis XIV-meet-nature worshipper. Eco, meaning concerned with living things in relation to their environment. Baroque, meaning extravagantly ornate, florid, and convoluted in character or style. Our vision includes sculpture, installation, photography, drawings, video, and sound and when Bruce has his way, sometimes live bees! Film-wise, I’m developing and shooting an IR technology-based multi-channel video installation with filmmaker Jacob Pander. He and I made a notorious erotic infrared short film, ‘The Operation’ (1995). Our new project is not about sex, but rather the intersection of Nature, Culture and the Body. I love working with this heat-sensitive technology, it’s a literal translation of energy and life! I’ve been having a blast shooting nude male pin-ups for my upcoming ‘Mandwich Redux’ exhibition at Sin City Gallery in Las Vegas. The gay rodeo is during that month in Vegas and I’ve invited the Nevada Gay Rodeo Association to have their kick-off party as part of my art reception. Most of the models are friends or they’re peers and it has been an aesthetic-boner working with such talented men.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I was born in Honolulu, but raised and lived most of my life in Portland, Oregon. I really miss the moss-carpeted forests. I’ve been dividing my time between NYC and Portland for a few years now. In my fantasy life, I’ll settle somewhere warm where I can surf, eat coconuts, and paw at piles of driftwood.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
That’s a tie: Margaret Sanger, the birth control advocate for women, and the English poet and artist William Blake.
5: What book is your bible?
Both the Dictionary and Thesaurus! But for pretty pictures and endless inspiration, Ernst Haeckel’s Forms of Nature. While I’m gazing at his drawings, everything makes sense; intricate order applied to the chaos of all living things. Haeckel had some truly disturbing ideas on natural selection, but his drawings are sublime. Funny, it was William Blake who said “Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death,” which is rather ironic in Haeckel’s case.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love committed, passionate art that gives me goose-bumps, nature, equal access to health care and clean water, swimming, surfing, eating watermelon, gold leaf.
I hate throw-away culture, materialism, judgmental people, racism, poverty, inauthentic art, cell phones.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I know why I am on the planet–love, intimacy and making art.
8: What is your favorite color?
Deep moss green, second place would be dark, slutty purple, both with some metallic accents. Someone just mailed me very sexy shoes that are the latter!
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Another tie: Wonder Woman for her proto-feminist hotness, truth lariat, corset, boots and Aquaman for his beefcake chest covered in sexy shimmery scales, green gauntlet gloves, and shiny trident.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Besides my pervy mind and the massive nude photo section on my computer hard drive? I’m just not a ‘hot spot’ person. I like to be near the water and so being aboard The Frying Pan at sunset, listening to Murcoff on my headphones is a nice way to not feel trapped in Manhattan.
11: What turns you on?
What doesn’t? I’ve got superpowers to see the sensual in everything. I suppose the reductive label of bi/poly/eco/artist covers it? I’m turned on by skin, skinny-dipping, water, dancing, wearing white leather, expensive lingerie, stiletto shoes that I can barely walk in. I’m turned on by materials such as moss, stone, sand, wood, and the smell of old books. Eating sushi, chocolate, champagne, licorice. Weird humor and losing my mind to live music by my favorite NYC band The Netherlands. I love women with amazing eyes and lanky or hunky men with veiny arms, and I really love salt and pepper hair.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
“Why is the art world so ‘effing slutty, and yet so incredibly conservative?” I’ll let someone else answer that, but will leave you with some William Blake: “Art can never exist without naked beauty display’d.”
Marne Lucas is a visual and instillation artist using nature, pop-culture, and sexuality as themes in his work, individually and in relationship to each other, as commentary on social perceptions about nature and the self. Co-founder of Eco-Baroque, she resides in Portland and NYC.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Marne Lucas
Design by Jillian Mercado
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‘MLSP Eco-Baroque Burl’ ©, 2011, Marne Lucas, Sculpture: Eco-Baroque Philospher’s Burl- Finial’ ©™ Bruce Conkle and Marne Lucas, Photography by Marne Lucas