Lea Cummings

Cosmic Fields of Endless Possibilities
The Southbank Centre, London
2 – 7 September 2014

On Tuesday 2 September, a display of work by artist Lea Cummings will open in the foyer spaces at the Southbank Centre. This work is part of a series produced in a meditative state; Lea acts as a channel for subconscious images that take shape in an automatic, intuitive way. The drawings tap into the collective unconscious, where themes, motifs, patterns and symbols frequently found in ethnographic art produced by various disparate cultures combine. We asked Lea to send over a few thoughts about the show and the work included in it. Click here to see a video of Lea talking about his work in the show.

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“When I clear my mind, these are the images that emerge. I have no plan except to fill the blank sheet of paper using the pens. The creative process when working on these drawings aims to facilitate the flow of pure expression in an attempt to access the subconscious beyond language and conscious thought. I try to keep my mind blank when working on them so as not to corrupt the flow of images. There is nothing discarded, the entire process used to create them is contained within the finished piece. There are no plans or sketches first. While creating them, if I find myself thinking about the overall composition or engaging in conscious decisions about how they look, I use techniques to break these thought patterns such as rotating the paper by ninety degrees or working for a time with my eyes closed. By working in this unconscious way I feel that I can tap into the universal energy field and express its forms and patterns. These drawings and the processes used to create them speak of an existence outside of the consumer capitalist culture of anxiety, planning and competition with its ideas of success and failure. They are transmissions from the human subconscious.”

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Click here for more information on the exhibition
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