The Dock
Co Leitrim
July 2007

Cora Cummins exhibition ‘On a Thousand Islands in the Sea …’ focuses on the idea of islands – as sites, spaces and zones that exist as seperate entities within the wider fabric of everyday reality.

The works are derived from an interest in ideas around seeking new horizons; the exploits of ‘explorers’; travel writing; notions of utopia; environmental issues; critiques of the commidifiaction of leisure time; and our restless inner urges to be ‘elsewere’.

The forms and imagery in the show reference an ecentric and eclectic range of sources. These include tidal islands, light houses, pavillions, bandstands and the manicured ‘hyper-real’ forms of golf courses – some based on the virtual space of computer games.

The constellation of floorbased sculptures, print works and paintings presented in this exhibition can be be read as a playful series of meditations about the possibilities offered by navigations between and across borders – to the outer limits and edge zones of imagined possibility. Overall the exhibition can be seen as a kind of logbook – offering viewers a space in which to reflect upon and recall their own journeys and dreams of retreat.

Cora Cummins graduating from in Fine Art from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 1995. She has had three solo exhibitions with the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery Dublin and in many group shows nationally and internationally.

In the past few years her work has expanded into a broader field, largely due to a return to MA studies at NCAD (2001-03) and a residency at IMMA (2002). Coras work has moved on from being solely focused on the medium of etching, to encompass painting, drawing, paper sculpture and recently works in fiberglass resin.

She has also been involved in curating and publication projects such as ‘Elsewhere from Here’ show, ‘All Yesterdays Parties’ and The Fold publication.