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Tactile materials provoke entry into the subjects that circulate and resurface throughout my artwork. I focus on commonplaces of identity, on the hooks of spoken and unspoken communication, on multi-sensory perception and currently on installations that draw out gestures or responses in collaboration with my audience. Simultaneously recent abstract works on paper mimic the connective grid of textiles equating human systems with structural interlacement. These relationships continue to form the underpinnings of challenging new projects both made in private or with participation.  My works incorporate signifiers of identity, singularly unique yet common to all -- handwriting, DNA, opinions, communication, mistakes, personal stories, patterns or marks. Within the abstract rhythm of repetition and accretion of materials, I acknowledge difference, anomaly, assertions of self within a plaid of connective tissue.



Lackey is a visual artist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lackey’s solo and group exhibitions include Wellcome Trust, London; Contemporary Art Space, Osaka; I Space, Chicago; Exit Art, New York City; The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; Detroit Institute of the Arts; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Asheville Art Museum; Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle; The Art Gym, OR; New Mexico Museum of Art and Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico among others. Lackey’s work is in the permanent collections of Detroit Institute of the Arts, Cranbrook Art Museum, Hallmark Fine Arts, Museum of Art and Design, Wellcome Trust, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, the James A. Michener Collection at Kent State, Ohio along with private and corporate collections.

She has been awarded residencies at La Napoule Art Foundation, La Napoule, France,  Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France and was recipient of the 2011 US-Japan Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship spent in Kyoto and surrounding areas of Japan. Lackey’s work has been supported by artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, Artist Trust, Seattle, Grand Arts, Kansas City. Lackey held the position of Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art between 1997-2007. Prior to that she was Professor and Department Chair/Fiber at Kansas City Art Institute.  She served as Contributing Faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design and teaches in many guest venues. She holds a BFA from California College of the Arts with Distinction and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Lackey was born and raised in eastern Tennessee.