Pond Poplars 池边白杨11.02.20 sucrose series Niamh Cunningham 2020
I am very pleased to be exhibiting some of my work in a physical space for the first time in the year 2020. Silent Explosion opened it’s doors last week at the impressive venue Wuxi Bund art Centre.
My work showing at this group exhibition is a digital work, a video showing the stages of transition of four Sucrose works in mid transformation:
We are deeply rooted in the ways we see our reality. When you observe ‘process’ you see constant change and consider the flux of relationships that intermingle to make up our systems. When we don’t see the delicate tendencies within an ecosystem which gives it its integrity there is a problem.
Spiked Stardust 星芒 18.03.20 Niamh Cunningham 2020
Transformation and Nature are recurring themes in my work. Transformation has an essential role in life and I have been exploring this through materiality and process of art making. For several years I have been looking at the monocrystal sugar and its interaction with paper and ink and other materials.
I explore this process of crystalisation in the painting process where minute ink particles pulled from the under layer of digital print are lifted into the mixture which later forms crystals. Occasionally you can see the movement of ink as the crystalisation takes place. Therefore the painting process continues without further interventions. There are two things of interest that are taking place here. At the early process stage, near the surface of the cotton paper there is a slight movement of tiny ink particles which are lifted into the sugar mixture. But this is minute in scope. The more obvious surface crystallization spreads its delicate web obscuring the image some might call this a painting in reverse.
Cotton Catkins Flying 飞絮濛濛. 15.02.20 Niamh Cunningham 2020
The dense and often disorienting landscape of the Chinese garden has fascinated me for a long time. For these sacred gardens scholars borrowed geometrical order from Confucianism, the search for the elixir of life in Taoism (which is more in touch with natural world than the artificialities and etiquette of Confucianism) and the garden as an aid to meditation as in Buddhism. These cosmic diagrams reveal an ancient view of man’s perspective of the natural world.
My idle Dreams roam far 闲梦远 12.02.20 Niamh Cunningham 2020
I have chosen garden sucroses, ‘Pond Poplars’, ‘Spiked Stardust ‘and ‘My Idle Dreams roam far’ which are based on my favourite Chinese garden Yu Yuan in Shanghai. The title for “Cotton Catkins Flying’ is taken from a poem by Li Yu who wrote about the West Lake in Hangzhou from where the underlying image is taken.
Taken from exhibition text
Silence is an illusion
Spring has passed through in silence
Nature is flattered by man’s inertia
Silent Explosion is an exhibition curated by Jiang Danming.
Art director : Ma Yiying
Academic host: Tong YongSheng
Video Media : Wang Yanning 王彦宁
Participating artists include:
Chen Hao, Liu Jincai, Liu Lang, Li Jintao, Niamh Cunningham Ruilian (Ireland) ), Wang Jianrong, Wei Ying, Zhang Xuebo, Zhang Ziyi, Zhu Jiancheng, Zhu Zhigang.
A personal thanks to Ma Yiying and Zhuzhigang and Jiang Danming .
Link to the exhibition Silent Explosion
The Exhibition “Silent Explosion” at Wuxi Canal Bund Art Centre continues till July 31st 2020