Visual – May 2020
’17 arches Summer Palace- blue’ sucrose on printed cotton, mixed media2018 40cm Niamh Cunningham 2018
“Do not be content with what the book tells you ……. No matter how clever or conscientious they may be , their written words cannot supply the place of actual observation.” P 46 Six Lectures on Light 5th ed John Tyndal Longmans Green &Co. I choose this quote as a reference to the realities of Climate Change. Covid- 19 brought us our first global disruption. Without Climate Action there will be so many more serious global disruption. We are the first generation to witness climate change and the last generation that can take affective action .
On the sucrose series :
I like to explore loss and reclamation through process and materiality. The sucrose series reflects the tensions we experience in lives which are shaped by the processes of transformation and obliteration.
It involves a sequence of multiple interventions and explores how the physical matter itself can continue to push the creation event. Some of the interventions include sewing, ‘burning off’ the digital image from the surface, adding colour and of course the crystallization process of sugar, both surface crenelation and crystallization occurring below. Once I am finished working on the ‘sugar painting’ the process of crystallization may continue to transform and obliterate. The imagery itself is of nature and the environment, places which I know well and for which I have a strong affinity.
Other links on this series on my website