Tree Planter

Tree Planter – For Mi protoype June 2022

 

简单中文

Tree Planter Protoype is a Socio Eco Art practice engaging and forming people on local tree planting initiatives .

The tree for this installation at For觅 (June2022) was donated by Beijing Forestry Society , after the exhibition the origami leaves will be flattened and prepared for legal tender, deposited to a bank for a tree planting donation to the Beijing Forestry society .

Paper Makes Trees

Tree Planter uses a bank note that is decreasingly being used in circulation to raise awareness of our material world. All material matter has a physical permanance although some matter such as water can change its state such as to ice or steam . Like water, physical cash also has transformative power and in this case the physicality of paper notes will be transformed into planting new saplings. .. paper is used to grow trees.

 

There will be workshops provided by the artist at the For Mi  gallery during the Summer months.

The artist hopes participants engaging in this project will experience

An awareness of our material world

*This generation of youth might be the last generation to experience physical cash . Folding and creating the leaves gives a tangible experience to supporting tree planting.

*Everything produced has to go somewhere, the wrappings of our food don’t disappear just because we throw them away , they are put somewhere and continue to exist and continue to affect the surrounding soil or water.

*The paper folding participants know that treated carefully the note retains legal tender and will be unfolded carefully and flattened and will be deposited in the bank to a tree planting program .

*Visitors are invited to return to the gallery with their own leaves to add to the tree.

*The artist has a limited supply of these “precious art materials “ and therefore visitors are also welcome to contribute one yuan rmb notes to the workshops,

The artist will post  on her blog how much “fruit’ was harvested and how many trees can be planted because of that yield.

The tree for this installation at For觅 (June2022) was donated by Beijing Forestry Society , after the exhibition the origami leaves will be flattened and prepared for legal tender, returned to a bank for a tree planting donation to the Beijing Forestry society .

The public are invited to return to the gallery with their own leaves to add to the tree.

In addition there will be workshops provided by the artist at the For Mi  gallery during the Summer months.

The artist will post  on her blog how much “fruit’ was harvested and how many trees can be planted because of that yield.

 

Note : this prototype is adaptable for use in schools and youth groups. The artist can be contacted here : niamh@niamhcunningham.com

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Shake the Money Tree

The money tree is a magical tree in Chinese folklore. In ancient times, just as a fruit tree would bear fruit people hoped that money could produce money. They hoped that there were trees that could bear a lot of money, and with a little shaking all the money would fall.

Long ago, people were afraid of snakes and wild animals. A hero (He’s called Youchao Shi, one of the ancestors of the Chinese people) taught people how to make houses from trees and roofs from leaves. So they could have a house and shelter. Therefore, in ancient China, about 2000 years ago, trees in some respects were considered as related to the gods.

During the Eastern Han Dynasty, in the area of Sichuan, people were buried with copper trees with copper coins on it. This is a form of presenting a prayer to the gods. The tradition lasted about two hundred years.

Later, in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the pattern of “money tree” often appeared in New Year pictures and paper cuts.

Folklore:

A man named Bing Yuan found some money on the road. He couldn’t find the owner, so he hung the money on a tree. Later, people passing by thought it was a magical tree, a tree that could made people rich. So they all hung their money on the tree, hoping to bring more money to them.

Chinese paper folding – Zhongguo Zhezhi

The Chinese began to make paper in the Han Dynasty. However the original paper was soft and not suitable for folding. Later with the development of different kinds of paper , paper folding was first used in China for ceremonial purposes.  However there was no record of paper folding in Chinese literature and unearthed relics.

In 1948, Maying Soong published The Art of Chinese Paper Folding. This book was important because it helped popularized paper folding in the 20th century while distinguishing Chinese paper folders from their Japanese counterparts.

Chinese paper folders in the 20th century  often focussed on inanimate objects such as boats or small dishes. Japanese paper folders favoured living things such as cranes or flowers. 

Paper folding has many functions in todays modern world of industrial design , it has been used in designing expanding panels in space equipment , in making stents in medicine , in robotics , architecture ect …

 

Golden Venture Folding

Golden Venture folding, also known as 3 dimensional origami is a special type origami invented by a group of Chinese refugees in the early 1990s. The refugees were held in an American prison after illegally trying to enter the country on a cargo ship named Golden Venture.

They invented a style of paper folding that involves joining together hundreds of identically  folded triangular units  to make swans, pineapples, and other shapes. The refugees would spend many hours folding these models, which were given as gifts those who worked to obtain their freedom or sold at charity fundraisers to help pay their legal expenses as they applied for the right of asylum.

 

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Ecosystem services are the benefits provided by the natural environment to human beings. For much of human history, this relationship was symbiotic; our direct reliance on the natural world required us to preserve it. Since the industrial revolution, eco services have devolved into a one-way linear route where natural resources are extracted at an unsustainable rate. Though we may sometimes forget it , we are still very much dependant on the natural world, and the damage we cause it is damage to our future.  

The installation at the For gallery imagines a more balanced relationship with nature. Carefully folded origami renminbi bank notes signify financial investment in eco services, securing the ecosystems we all rely on. 

The ecosystem of the planet is contained within the functionality of leaves, the cyclical processes of photosynthesis and respirationexchange of gases , production of cellular energy , the sequestration of Carbon ….a priceless currency . The one yuan bills have a fixed value, however a commitment to green economy and what can be accomplished in the preservation of life is truly priceless.

Niamh Cunningham- Bio 。。。个人简介-倪芙瑞莲


Currently Showing Oct 2022: The Sasse Museum of Art , Pomona, CA, in the US opened a photography exhibition last weekend showing a process print (23.01.2018) from my mixed media Sucrose Series "Ginkgo Palace", Niamh Cunningham 2018
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For more information on the Hair Skull and working with DNA as an art material click HERE

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Upcoming Exhibitions:

* Gushan Rural Village Park Harvest  Autumn 2022

Current Exhibition

 

Recent  exhibitions:

2022 Moon Covenant Forgallery , Grasse Town , Beijing June- August

2022 Artists from Ireland (online) Sasse Museum of Art Pomona, CA, USA (catalogue link)

2022 Peoples’ Portraits EBM Centre, Tsinghua Uni Intelligent HealthCare, BJ

2021 Rhythm of Life Xishuangbanna Art Museum, Jinghong, Dec

2021 Linear Jingheng Art centre, Jinshan, Shanghai Dec

2021 Abstract China, Taizhou, Jiangsu Oct-Nov

2021 Meet the Grand Canal Xinguanda Centre Tongzhou, Oct

2021 Linear Langkong Art Museum 798, Beijing July

2021 Her Name – Existence Peninsula Art Museum, Weihai, July

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2021 The Second Step (mini solo) Joy Beans Space, Jiu Longtou hutong, June

* AstroWorld Kun Art Museum June 5 2021

*Portraits (solo) Joybeans  Hou  Hai 6.6-8.8

*River things  Suzhou Zhenyuan garden UNESCO world Heritage Training and Research centre June 12 th

*Art Beijing  2021 Booth B28  Garden of Friendship

*“Art promotes a Sustainable Future” China CSR international symposium Dec 2020.

*Silent Explosion, Wuxi Bund Art Centre, Jiangsu,  July 11-31 2020

* Sculpture project in HongFangzu , Shawan, Sichuan , begining phase Nov 2019

Current Exhibition

*China Ireland exhibition at MUSEU&m, near the Bund , Shanghai, Nov 29th 2019

* Sculpture project in HongFangzu , Shawan, Sichuan , begining phase Nov 2019

*1919 – Group Exhibition (Hamilton Gallery) in New York, Irish Consulate

*1919 – Group Exhibition Hamilton Gallery , Sligo , Ireland July – September

*Gobi Heaven Art Festival , Inner Mongolia , August 2019

*A piece of Cotton Paper  9th floor gallery Songzhuang June 15th

*”Winning the Day ‘ Granary Art Centre,  SiShui , Shandong, May – June 2019

*Beyond the form of Art , Wick Art Centre , Budapest, Hungary may 2019

*Odyssey The Return ; group exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing  in April

Map and Territory Art IRRCA at Beijing Geely College Nov 20- Dec 20 2018

*Thousands of Sprouts, an experimental online exhibition – by Elizabeth Ross  Nov 2018

* On Paper Supreme, Gwangju Art Museum Beijing Creative Centre Songzhuang Nov- Dec 2018

*China Europe Internaitional Contemporary Art Global Tour Shanghai Oct 2018

*An Irish Airman foresees his Death – Hamilton Gallery Sligo, Ireland June – Nov 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Extension Space, Shenyang, Liaoning,  Sept 16th – Oct 21st  2018

*Artist Nomination Exhibition, Huaiyin art gallery, Huai ‘an shi, Jiangsu, July-Aug 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Ordos Culture and Art Centre , Inner Mongolia , Aug 17th – Sept 10th  2018

*International Abstract Art , ChungChuen College, Jinan, July 2018

* On Paper Supreme, QingDao , Tiantai Art Centre, June 2018

* Existence , International Feminist Art Exhibition,  Mezzi Bookstore Art Space , Changsha

* Excavations 20 April-4th June  He Gallery, Golf Club.

*’Mortgaged Time’ 21st- 29th April at Red Gate Gallery , 798 Beijing  April 21st

*’Excavations’ 12-18th Enjoy Museum 798,  Beijing   preview 5 pm 12th April

* 5 week residency at Guanlan Printmaking base , Shenzhen (Feb-March 2018)

*Lunar New Year theme exhibition “Red Fruit” showing at Raycom IT centre, Zhongguancun,  28th Jan continues to March 3rd, organised by RoveArt , supporting the Female Protection Fund.

*Chinese & Foreign Visual Arts Hunan,  at the Meixi Academy Book Complex, Changsha Dec 26th to Jan 26th 2018.

* ‘Beyond Time’  Raycom IT Centre, Zhongguangcun, Beijing Dec – Jan 27th  2018

*”Qualitative Phase and The Narrative” Beijing Film Academy Triennial Exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing, curated by Li Zhen till Dec 18th 2017…………………………………………….

 

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Wuxi Bund Art Centre “Silent Explosion”
My interview with Today Art Museum and Today Art Media on the COVID era

Recent Interview , click on above image April 2020

Link to newspaper coverage -Carlow Nationalist (click on image)

In Her Eyes, F&E 100x100cm acrylic on canvas, 倪芙瑞莲Niamh Cunningham 2019

Silent Explosion
‘China-Ireland’ exhibition Shanghai Nov 29th 2019

China Ireland exhibition at MUSEu&m, Shanghai , opening Nov 29th

‘Whirls in the Old’ in New York at the exhibition ‘1919’

1919-Whirls in the Old Terezin acrylic on canvas 30x30cm Niamh Cunningham 2019

Gobi Heaven Art Festival August 2019

Participating in the International Artists program for this exciting event in the Gobi Dessert

Jul.Aug 2019 Group Exhibition , Hamilton Gallery , Sligo, Ireland and also Sept 2019 at the Irish Consulate Offices , Park Ave NYC
Granary Art exhibition SiShui Shandong June 2019

Granary Art Exhibition SiSHui , Shangdong June 2019 click on image

Swim Duck Video …30 sec clip of original work recently shown at Bloomsday event at Embassy of Ireland Niamh Cunningham 2019
clip from Swim Duck video Niamh Cunningham 2019

Clip from 'Swim Duck' Video by Niamh Cunningham 2019

Group exhibition in Sishui, Shangdong 正在展出

Granary Art Museum , Sishui, Jining , Shandong

April /May 2019 in Budapest 近期展出匈牙利

Currently showing in Budapest Aprli- May 2019

Wandering Rocks series of portraits 游岩系列
Web Of Fabulous Grass – Sucrose Series Click on image for Artist Profile English &简体中文
Talk on James Joyce at Bookworm with prof Fu Hao 乔伊斯座谈会
Aritst Talk on James Joyce at Beijing Bookworm

Talk on James Joyce at Bookwork Beijing April 2019

Map and Territory project Nov -Dec 2018 at Beijing Geely University
Map and Territory

Map and Territory

Artist talk at Beijing Geely College Dec 11th 2018
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Group exhibition Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
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Group show Oct 27th Shanghai Bund 27 The House of Roosevelt House , the Bund Shanghai
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和策展人郭桢在开幕式《存在》

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exhibited in Jinan curated by Ma Yi Ying
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Group exhibition at Red Gate in April 2018 focussing on antiwar poet Ingeborg Bachmann
Niamh Cunningham 'Bachmann Girl' 2017

Artwork for poster is 'Bachmann Girl' 100x100cm Acrylic on Canvas by Niamh Cunningham 2017

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