Lucy Orta is a visual artist whose work explores how the body and architecture interact – producing work that is sculptural and has socially relevant connotations. Notable works include Refuge Wear (1992–98), Nexus Architecture (1994–2002) and the ongoing project Urban Life Guards. She has both curated and participated in numerous international exhibitions. Her solo exhibition Drink Water! was staged at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa as part of the 2005 Venice Biennale. The project OrtaWater is included in the 9th Shanghai Biennale 2012-13. She is currently Professor of Art, Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion and was the first Rootstein Hopkins Chair at London College of Fashion. Her major public sculpture Cloud: Meteoros sculpture, made with her artist husband Jorge opened at St. Pancras International Station, London in 2013.
Jorge Orta was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1953. He founded Studio Orta Paris with Lucy in 1991. Lucy + Jorge Orta collaborative practice focuses on a number of sustainability issues tackling the ecological and the social factors to realise major bodies of work employing a number of mediums ranging from drawing, sculpture, installation, object making, couture, painting, silkscreen printing and Light Works, as well as staging workshops, ephemeral interventions and performances.