Below you’ll find a selection of John Cumming’s sculpture. New works will be added to this page over time.
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“The work itself is arresting – the boxes themselves work as a metaphor of course – what we keep safe, under a lid, what we save, what’s precious, for the box that’s life. The craftsmanship is lovely – magical names – ice birch, quilted maple, chestnut, gently gleaming and warm. Inside – soapstone and alabaster, grey and white, jostle sphagnum moss, netting tools, twig catapults, stone eggs, beeswax to caulk lines – all the goods tackle and gear of a vanishing world, re-imagined in sculptural form. There’s a home-stitched bag, whapped like a fishing rope, full of sand. It’s all tactile, evocative, melancholy and really beautiful. Like the best art, it leaves the viewer full of new thoughts. It’s poignant, because it’s mostly about loss – loss of simple industry, loss of our connection through work with the forces of nature.”
Morag MacInnes, 2012 Cape Farewell at Pier Arts Centre
“The emphasis is on craftsmanship, attention to detail, observation and above all empathy with nature and natural materials. There’s nothing loud, self-gratifying, gaudy or ephemeral ——–. No this is almost Zen-like in its quiet, unassuming, understated way.”