Lauren E. Cunningham
ARTWORKS
ABOUT
STATEMENT
BIOGRAPHY
EXHIBITION HISTORY
PRESS
TEACHING
CONTACT
2017
Scorched Earth

2014
Hope

2012
Tomorrow
LIE
Relief

2011
Under Construction

2010
Rope
Circumstance
Knife
Deep Seat
Focus
Window
Conveyor
Chaos
Purge

2009
Graveside Performance
Echoes
Philosopher's Room
Push
Curiosity
Portrait of the Artist

2008
Locus
Burst
Untitled (Bird)
Coil
Shell
Hearth

2007
In-Between
Cairn
Untitled (Broken)
The Source
Dipoint Cascade

2006
Hole-punch Collage II
Hole-punch Collage I
Bronze Combs
Comb Curtain

All images © Lauren Cunningham 2018
Artworks
Knife
2010
Pastel and graphite on paper
24" x 18"

This drawing, which depicts a pair of hands and the word "knife," may seem simple and innocent but is actually laden with ominous contradictions. For example, both the hands and the word are in limbo. The right hand reaches, while the left hand restrains. The word "knife" has been rotated, oriented towards the hands rather than the viewer. Also, both the hands and the word are simultaneously menacing and non-threatening. The word "knife" recalls a tool that could hurt a person's hand but is itself harmless. Meanwhile, the right hand's fingers have a silhouette that is pointed and somewhat blade-like.

Despite these contradictions, the hands and the word share visual properties, especially with regards to form and space. Just as the word is made of flat, two-dimensional letters, the hands are depicted as an outline, a drawing void of volume. Also, the hands and the word are negative spaces where the flesh-like orange background appears to have been cut away, revealing the white of the paper. These visual elements further the idea of cutting that is suggested by the artwork.
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