Lucy Freedman: One of Packer’s Most Talented Artists
Lucy Freedman (‘17) is a member of the new generation of young people expressing their ideals and perspective through an artistic medium. Many people have seen her exhibition in the Shen Gallery, some may have seen her work in exhibitions at the MoMa or the Whitney, or maybe they’ve seen it in galleries in and around Rhode Island and Chicago. Her work is widespread and powerful; both the subject matter and the composition is deeply impactful and thought-provoking.
Lucy has a specific interest in jewelry. She has been making different types of jewellery since she was ten, and particularly enjoys the practice of silversmithing. Although, she hasn’t limited herself to just jewelry.
“I am mainly a 3D artist, but given there is not a lot of 3D art [at Packer], I’ve done some painting and drawing,” said Lucy.
Lucy’s work is often centered on physical form, the idea of comfort, and sometimes it explores topical issues in interesting, abstract ways. .
“I think my work is sort of surrounding my own body and my own bodies experience, so a lot of my jewelry has to do with, like, being absolutely comfortable but also being very appealing,” said Lucy. “A lot of it is inspired by my feminist ideas and politically driven. But a lot of my work surrounds comfort and the idea of comfort.”
Lucy attributes a large portion of her artistic development to the various camps she’s attended, especially one at The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She believes that, along with her artistic foundation at Packer, these camps have been instrumental in her discovery of her love for the arts.
“I would say [Packer] has played a part in my artistic journey, I mean the school I went to before Packer had very little art programs, pretty much a third of what Packer has, so I think that the availability of our classes and wonderful art teachers has been really helpful, as well as going to an art summer camp and being able to supplement that,” said Lucy.
She also thinks that Packer’s feminist magazine Fifth Wave, of which she is an editor of,, has played a role in her choice of subject matter.
“I love having art that is submittable to Fifth Wave, and being able to see work of other high school students that is related to not only the magazine, but my own work because of how feminist-oriented my work tends to be,” said Lucy.
The subject of Lucy’s work has been fairly influential both in the artistic landscape and culture of Packer, and in her own home. Her younger brother Henry Freedman (‘19) spoke to the difference in their home environment since Lucy began her work.
“We have conversations around the dinner table about feminist issues and how she and my mom are affected,” said Henry. “She is a very good artist, I love her work… I have definitely learned a lot… I think she, in a subconscious way, she is using her art to teach the Packer community and the people around it about the issues that she is really passionate about and how she loves being who she is and how she expresses herself.”
When looking towards the future of her art and her transition out of highschool, Lucy wants to continue exploring the theme of comfort, hoping to have a studio practice and to“keep pushing the idea (of) comfort.”
It is remarkable that Lucy has been able to achieve professional success and deep personal fulfilment with the work that she has been doing. Lucy’s art has not only been widely displayed and reached a number of audiences, but she has also been able to explore issues that are truly important to her., She has been able to show the Packer Community that pursuing art as a profession and a pastime is both gratifying to oneself, and moving for others.