Abundance: The Ditches Arm Chair

The Ditches Arm Chair,  Cut Paper by Gail Cunningham

Cut Paper
30" x 56"




I was struck by the natural environment in Ireland, coming from a city in the states. My work has focused on structured spaces-buildings & interiors, how we arrange them, and how that affects us socially. In this body of work I have begun to work on a larger scale, this allows me to use furniture in a new way. Giving more information to the object as opposed to where the object is placed. There is still a reference to placement, in that the shape, scale and perspective of each piece is the same, making them a set. A group. This creates the assumption they would be placed together, though how is left to the viewer to decide. Each of these chairs is representative of an experience or expression of abundance in their own way. 


The Ditches Arm Chair

Walking on the country roads in Ireland I was constantly in awe of the hedges. Realizing one day that the massive trees I had been looking at for weeks were not rooted in the ground as I had assumed, but in an old stone wall. The roots weaving in and out of the stones amongst a variety of plant life. Every patch of wall had a different vine, moss, weed, mushroom or grass growing out of it. The variation and voracity was astounding.


This body of work was made during an Artist Residency in Ireland and shown at the Wexford Art Center in Wexford Ireland, and at Monster Truck Gallery in Dublin Ireland in 2011.