In case you hadn't noticed, it's June. What's slightly less obvious is that it's time for our new artist of the month to be unveiled. The only hint we've given is our newly refurbished Country Life banner, which now features a bit of "Rainbow Chart," a painting that deconstructs childhood iconography in a sweetly deranged way, by sweetly deranged artist Shannon Lucy.
Shannon is from Nashville, but she's been living in New York for the past several years, where she's represented by Kathleen Cullen Gallery. She makes work that invents a very specific example of a very universal idea, like sticks of butter dressed up as finery, pennants that explain everything we always knew about high school rivalry, and sheets of music notation made from bad thoughts. Her work is subtle and idiosyncratic, and her self-portrait as an odd clown posing for a school photo sums up her style well — she's out of place but self-assured, and she's not like anybody else.
This is the first in a series of posts about Shannon that I'll be sharing throughout the month. Scroll through some of her work after the jump, and check back often for photos from a recent trip we took together to Billy Tripp's Mindfield in Brownsville, Tenn., a visit to her studio, her list of current inspirations, and more.