Cora Cummins

‘Retreat’, Mixed Media, 2013.

‘Retreat’ is a cluster of works on paper, in mixed media. ‘Retreat’ stems from an interest in the meanings and associations that span notions of a tactical withdrawal; vacations and ‘stay-cations’; regrouping and re-gathering of resources; temporary or permanent ‘time outs’ from worldly concerns and the avoidance of conflict. Many of the images are derived from found images; sourced from late 1970s Sunday supplement magazines. Overall, these works reflect upon our shared need to escape to ideal places – imaginary or actual while acknowledging how sometimes the notion of ‘retreat’ can be tied up with self-delusion, while looming cloud forms suggests ‘trouble in paradise’.

Bio: Cora Cummins work ponders the various significances of sites of escape and isolation, be they voluntary or forced, conscious or unconscious. Cummins’s works touch on notions of a tactical withdrawal; regrouping and re-gathering resources; as well as temporary or permanent ‘time outs’ from worldly concerns. The imagery drawn upon in the works contrast sites and locations of serious thought reflection, research and creativity – against sites of consumption, leisure and hedonism. Cummins’s depictions of hermit’s huts, writer’s retreats and caves are suggestive of cultural resistance and opposition to an imperfect world. In contrast, golf courses and hotel complexes – epitomizing a culture of shallow consumption and mindless leisure; are depicted as under threat, cast under the shadow of looming clouds – suggestive of ecological, economic and moral doom. The work can be understood as both acknowledging the need to escape to ideal spaces – imaginary or actual – along with a wry critique of how sometimes the notion of retreats from the world can be tied up with self-delusion and pretention.

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