I have just returned from Shenzhen after a very special five week artists residency. This post will look at the work I made. The next post will take a look at the printingmaking base, the people and also a look at the Printmaking Museum .
I worked in the wood cut department reworking a previous painting (Huiyuan Water City). The area is of my old neighbourhood near Olympic park with the Birds Nest in the background.
5/ 30 Step One woodcut 2018 40 x 80cm paper size Niamh Cunningham
The next work was made in response to a call for an exhibition on WB Yeats Poetry. (More information to follow)
6/6/ Impulse of Delight x3 on Yellow Niamh Cunningham 2018 35 x 90cm
Both ‘Huiyuan’ and ‘Step One’ were reduction woodcuts with 3 colours. This technique uses the same wood board for printing each colour, in this case the first cut is the darkest colour working to medium and light. The photos below show the last colour for ‘Huiyuan’ .
十月一共19位出色的艺术家参与了无棣大型艺术田园创作项目，这里有一些他们作品的照片。我有幸结识这些艺术家，和他们一起工作，了解他们的创作，真是一大乐事。有些作品是用回收机器部件，旧自行车，工厂废弃陶瓷和其他一些材料做的。This post will show some images of the ambitious project at Wudi over the month of October. A total of 19 outstanding artists participated . It was a true pleasure to work with all of these artists and get to know them and their practice. Some of the artworks were made from recycled machinery , old bikes , rejected factory ceramic and other materials.
It has been to New York, it has been to Beijing, now the exhibition “Intimate Transgressions ” is showing in the impressive new Hangzhou Library until April 16th 2016.
This collaborative work with Fion Gunn has taken several months in the planning. Having worked with Fion for years preparing, installing and deinstalling group shows in China this was an exciting project to finally make an artwork together. The work is called “Inside Out” and on first glance is presented as a bed.
When knitting with your own DNA you have to allow yourself to be flexible because you know the material isn’t always perfect. Different hairs have different tensile and elastic qualities. In fact, I often find myself working with a single strand that is partially grey and hard and wiry and the other part is very fine and soft with some degree of elasticity. In a way the process of working with this material forces you to be gentle and patient with yourself, it is a good personal exercise.
Below is a short film talking a little about the Hair Lock and Chain and reflections on the exhibition for which this work was made. Many thanks to David Muskett and his macro lens and the magic dust he sprinkled on a super swift edit.