Jemma Gunning - Visual artist

Jemma Gunning - Visual artist Print maker

My practice is based around my encounters of the urban environment. My fascination of the beauty that erosion, decay and weathering bring to the surfaces of the landscape is a starting point for my work. I am physically attracted to the effect that natural elements, human interference and time have on architectural structures within the landscape. I appreciate nothing more than coming across a segment of the land that has accidentally, naturally or on purpose been eroded, chipped, flaked, ripped or faded over a period. I attempt to recreate these surfaces with varied processes, freezing my discoveries and making people more perceptually aware of their most intimate everyday surroundings. I use casting as a way of creating a dialogue between materiality, environment and mark. I cast my intaglio plates with resources found directly from the source of inspiration. This allows me to capture the pure essence of a location and find new meanings and relationships between surface and mark. By doing this I am exploring the multi-layered histories of cities and the urban environment, focusing on the trace and residue of what or who could have been there before me.

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