David Kaye Gallery » Ann Cummings

Rare Birds and Strange Bedfellows
February 2 - 26, 2017
Meet the artist: Saturday, February 25, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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This body of new work was inspired by my admiration of an 18th century Derby porcelain that I saw at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto and then subsequently many more pieces at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England. The Derby works, to my mind, are delightfully charming and rather frivolous. I felt a kinship with those works and they proved to be a vehicle for the direction that I was compelled to follow.

My works are imagined landscapes. They represent both my joy and delight in nature and also my sorrow, grief and fear for the ongoing destruction of our environment. These are assemblages of chaos and a warning to take care of the land. My sculptural works are also an homage to my dearly departed husband and ultimately to the landscape that we found together where we loved and lived.

I feel there is a strange beauty all around me and yet conversely there is uncertainty and a disarray of the natural landscape with the possibility of its demise. This dichotomy of nature and my surrounding landscape are two opposing sides of beauty and wonder, as well as fear and destruction, that all makes for strange bedfellows.

GALLERY

Ann Cummings, Sorbus Americana, 2017, ceramic, 13 1/2 X 12 1/2 X 9 in.Ann Cummings, Sorbus (detail), Americana, 2017, ceramic, 13 1/2 X 12 1/2 X 9 in.Ann Cummings, Acer Canadensis, 2017, ceramic, 10 3/4 X 16 1/2 X 10 3/4 in.Ann Cummings, Acer Canadensis I, 2017, ceramic, 11 X 7 1/2 X 3 in., SOLD.Ann Cummings, Acer Canadensis II, 2017, ceramic, 11 X 8 X 2 1/2 in., SOLD.Ann Cummings, Acer Canadensis III, 2017, ceramic, 9 X 8 X 3 1/4 in.Ann Cummings, Acer Canadensis IV, 2017, ceramic, 10 X 7 X 2 1/4 in., SOLD.Ann Cummings, Quercus Rubra, 2017, ceramic, 14 X 15 3/4 X 10 1/2 in.Ann Cummings, Quercus Rubra, 2017, ceramic, 14 X 15 3/4 X 10 1/2 in.Ann Cummings, Rhus Typhina, 2017, ceramic, 15 X 15 1/2 X 10 1/2 in.Ann Cummings, Rhus Typhina, 2017, ceramic, 15 X 15 1/2 X 10 1/2 in.Ann Cummings, Populus Tremuloides, 2017, ceramic, 9 1/4 X 11 1/2 X 6 3/4 in., SOLD.Ann Cummings, Populus Tremuloides, 2017, ceramic, 9 1/4 X 11 1/2 X 6 3/4 in., SOLD.Ann Cummings, Populus Grandidentata, 2017, ceramic, 11 3/4 X 15 3/4 X 10 1/2 in.Ann Cummings, Populus Grandidentata, 2017, ceramic, 11 3/4 X 15 3/4 X 10 1/2 in.Ann Cummings, Populus Alba, 2017, ceramic, 7 X 6 1/2 X 6 3/4 in., SOLD.Ann Cummings, Populus Alba, 2017, ceramic, 7 X 6 1/2 X 6 3/4 in., SOLD.Ann Cummings, Rhamnus Cathartica, 2017, ceramic, 9 3/4 X 14 X 9 in.Ann Cummings, Rhamnus Cathartica, 2017, ceramic, 9 3/4 X 14 X 9 in.Ann Cummings, When the Lights Go Out, 2017, ceramic, 12 X 9 X 8 in.Ann Cummings, When the Lights Go Out, 2017, ceramic, 12 X 9 X 8 in.

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