Art is like having a nail file and being in prison and trying to get out.
—— Sarah Lucas
Sarah Lucas is a British artist who is recognized as among the most prominent members of the Young British Artists alongside Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, and Gary Hume. Using a wide range of media, such as sculpture, installation and photography, Lucas challenges and ironizes British culture, gender and sexuality stereotypes. Lucas’s art has always been concerned with materiality, and many of her works allow objects to take on new meanings. In 2000, Lucas had a solo exhibition at the Sadie Coles Gallery in London, The Fag Show, where her work demonstrated an affinity for the cigarette as a new medium in art. She favors everyday items in her work –food, furniture, pantyhose, and cigarettes– to deliver humorous but proactive statements through visual puns and bawdy images. The artist rose to prominence and critical acclaim during the late 1980s. In 1996, the BBC documentary Two Melons and a Stinking Fish was released, documenting Lucas’s artistic career and life. Her retrospective in 2005 toured among Kunsthalle Zürich, Kunstverein Hamburg, and Tate Liverpool. In 2015, Lucas represented the United Kingdom at the Venice Biennale, where she exhibited her controversial installation I SCREAM DADDIO. The artist currently lives and works in London, United Kingdom. Her works are in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.