Lily Cummins works across drawing and installation using spatial experiences and memory as a trigger. Based in Sydney, she graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts from the National Art School in 2017. Moving between expansive wall drawing to intimate collages, Cummins sits within a wave of contemporary artists who are pushing the definitions of what drawing is in our time. In 2018 she will travel to Leipzig, Germany, to join the Pilotenkueche International Art Program for a residency in an abandoned perfume factory where she will expand upon the residual, often romanticised, trace fabric / elements of a temporal space. She bought these ideas into play in the exhibitions PROXIMITY at Articulate Project Space, Sydney (2017) and Paper and Print at Factory 49 in 2016, responding to architecture – its textures, energy, sound, light and floorplan as mediums in their own right. Often using found objects to extend her drawings as a connector between space, place and memory, that had a tangibility and a truth in an otherwise ethereal process.
My work deals with memory, structure, loss, erasure and the subsequent rebuilding that must inevitably occur after affliction. There are recognisable architectural elements as well as more abstract shapes that appear organically on the numerous pieces of paper and card that cover my work area. To me drawing is exploring, layering, uncovering, exposing and burying, a palimpsest of images obliterated time and time again only to be rebuilt and reborn from the same foundation. To make art itself is to map something, to remember or to memorialise it. I am constantly thinking about space and the relationships with which my works will have to the sphere in which they inhabit, as well as the area of the media I work on and the physicality of the locations where the works will be placed. I seek associations of words and the visualisations that they themselves evoke; a line in a poem, a song lyric or a street sign. These seemingly inconsequential word relationships can jolt a series of images that long to be exposed, to make sense of my own reality, to explore my surroundings and to create a new visual language.