Neighborhood Time Exchange: Lucy Pistilli

artist Lucy Pistilli

Feast by Lucy Pistilli. graphite/gouache on BFK, 22″x30″

About the Artist and Her Projects 

Lucy Pistilli grew up in Philadelphia and studied art in postindustrial Kansas City, MO. She is a mixed media painter and collaborative curator. She developed a fascination in the beauty of imperfection, humility, and humanism. Her community work has focused on collaborating with mental health patients and children. She has always found that life’s greatest beauty is in its simultaneous strangeness and familiarity, in the struggle to comprehend and connect and the unpredictable and ephemeral moments in which this is achieved.

I went in on the Neighborhood Time Exchange residency in partnership with my fellow artist and friend Brian Bazemore. During the residency, more collaboration occurred between artists newly introduced, and I feel that lasting professional connections were made. As a team, we opened our studio practice (which included curation and community engagement) to bring the community into the NTE space. By the end of the residency, I found that the most successful aspect of my studio practice was this community-based work, and I plan to continue the community work I started during our time together, as do my collaborators.