Artwork of the week - ‘A World of Permanent Novelty’ Heversham 1975 by Lea Cummings

Artwork of the week is this quite strange lumen print by Lea Cummings. This print sits with 12 others in an installation titled, 'A World of Permanent Novelty'. This particular image is from Heversham in 1975 when the artist was a young boy (as seen in photo). Next to Cummings is what makes this body of work so unusual. He has superimposed the image of his long lost imaginary friend, a human sized hot dog with arms, legs and all the facial features of a person. He is a little sinister looking and very silly. 

For this exhibition the artist decided to use images of himself throughout his life and introduce his imaginary friend into the frame. He has used old negatives and had them enlarged and printed onto acetate. The acetate is then placed on the photographic paper and left to expose in sunlight. The resulting images have a ghostly quality, like they will soon disappear forever. Much in the same way Cumming's imaginary friend did one day. 

Lea Cumming's is one of six artists in our current exhibition, Lumen Essence. Each artist has approached the project in their own way, making this show dynamic and beautiful. It is up until 11 November!

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