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Palindromic, 2019

Louise Cunningham

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Statement 

¿My practice is concerned with the ‘local’, in particular the place where I have grown up. I am fascinated and inspired by my cultural heritage. I explore my identity and that of my community through multidisciplinary and multi-sensory approaches. The themes within my work stem from the personal, yet have wider implications, including representations of the working-class, industrialisation and human-landscape relationships.

My current practice examines the last industrial mill in the village which has recently been knocked down. Before its demolition I worked extensively on the site using a combination of responsive techniques; collecting found objects, photography, performance and video. Through this project I am mapping both my own history alongside that of the working-class community through both an autobiographical and political investigation. 

A large part of my practice involves photography. I am currently experimenting with slow shutter speed photography. For me the blurred image acts as a metaphor for fading memories, representing the voids of space created due to the removal of a village’s past, as well as the confusion and uncertainty of a landscape in flux.