Very honored to be included on the feature on RTE News (Irelands National TV Station) ‘Irish Abroad’ in the week running into St Patrick’s Weekend . It was broadcast yesterday Friday March 15th on RTE 1 . A huge thank you to Yvonne Murray from RTE and camera man Roger Vincente Martinez for a fun day filming on Monday.
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’ .
One morning last week I got the call from Prof Pan Yiqun to meet him in Songzhuang . That day he was making preparations for casting one of his sculptures bound for a project in Korea. He picked me up from the subway station and is often the case here, we went straight to a restaurant to meet some other people for lunch.
My visit to CAFA was made possible by Dr Yan Feng who specializes in digital art. (Yan Feng showed his digital projection and installation work this March with IRISH WAVE 2015.) He has just returned last week from a digital art festival in Korea where he had installed a light show. Our first port of call at CAFA was the Printing Department.