Cutis [fenestram] 2020
Expanded definitions of drawing have always been central to Kelly Cumberland's
practice, with a specific focus on scientific and medical research and imagery.
The imagery within the work is underpinned by its link to the viral and cellular referents she uses as her motifs. The use of biomorphic elements reference naturally occurring patterns or shapes reminiscent of nature and living organisms. Opposing principals of disorganization (entropy) and organization (syntropy) are explored to transform and bring together ever-increasing complex forms to create something new. The components initially appear identical, however, the process ensures each work is unique, retaining the possibility for expansion and modification.
This dissected vinyl drawing represents the paradoxical fragility and strength of microbiological structures and how something seemingly delicate and insubstantial can overwhelm its environment.