Certainly, the art world is no stranger to nudity, but when asked why she only makes the penis and testicles, Lucas cheekily replies, “Why make the whole bloke?” Erotic symbolism plays heavily into her oeuvre, which often employs food or duplicates of the real thing, as well as the real thing smeared with egg yolk as in her 2015 video Egg Massage. In it her partner, Julian Simmons lies naked on a table and is rubbed with raw eggs.
“Some people say people are going to be shocked,” Lucas notes. “I have no idea what to expect from people here. So that's something I'm absolutely curious about. [New Museum Artistic Director] Massimiliano [Gioni] was really worried about that in New York. He thought we would get the Catholic Society really complaining. And I said to him, ‘They can fucking talk. All those pedophiles. They're going to bloody pipe up on it?’ I don't think they did, anyway.”