Lucy McKenzie’s wide-ranging practice spans painting, drawing, fashion, design, and music recording. In her painting, Alhambra Motifs II (2013), she reproduces decorative tile motifs from the Islamic Alhambra palace in Grenada, Spain. McKenzie, who graduated from a decorative painting school, renders the patterns using a faux-finishing technique, creating an illusion of marble on the canvas that functions both as artwork and a low wall. In so doing, she plays with both the visual (decorative) and architectural (necessary). Alhambra Motifs inevitably changes meaning in whatever context it is displayed. McKenzie says she uses “appealing aesthetic forms to embody concepts” in order to give her work complexity.