Michael Corris, FDLuxe:

My first encounter with Lucy Kirkman's art was her jewel-like delicacy, Ab-Ex, 2011, above. Kirkman's model for this work is a sheet of commemorative United States Postal Service postage stamps depicting iconic works by post-war American painters, which she dutifully repaints at the same miniscule scale. We have seen the domestication of high art masculinist display before, particularly in the art of Sherrie Levine during the early portion of her career where she reworked in watercolor textbook-sized reproductions of the iconic works of Modern (male) masters; Lucy's iterations, however, are not about negation in precisely this sense. As we follow her more recent work, a profoundly literary sensibility begins to make itself felt. Her aesthetic is one that owes as much to Borges as it does to Louise Bourgeois. These are works of interiority, resonant with the act of reading or rummaging through the libraries of others. Lucy discovers quite a lot by reading other's well-read books; their absent-minded marginalia is more often than not her main course.