Lucy Mackenzie

Scissors are an everyday implement that might be overlooked as a subject for Still Life.  In these two paintings I have placed a plain pair of 19th Century steel scissors together with a ball of string, not only because scissors are used to cut string, but also as an abstract compositional device. In “Scissors and Red String” the scissors, poised like a dancer, contrast with the circular shapes of the bright, uncoiling string.  In “Fragile Box with Scissors” the delicate points of the scissor blades lead the eye across to the label on the box, and the unsealed envelope.