This March Gladstone exhibitions intern Laura Warren-Causton curates her first exhibition, Intimate Immensity: Spaces We Inhabit, which presents the work of four Alberta-based artists, each of whom reveals a significant aspect about how we occupy and experience space, both physically and psychologically.
Below is her interview with one of the featured artists, Scott Cumberland.
Laura Warren-Causton: A ribbon-like form flows through your works, can you describe what this means to you?
Scott Cumberland: Oddly enough, ribbon candy, often seen at Christmas and reminiscent of my childhood, first inspired the ribbons found in my work.; I saw them as being sweet, delectable and playful. Over time the ribbon as a subject began to take on new meaning. Now I see the ribbon as a metaphor for how I view time, thought and memories. They’re non-linear, bending back on themselves, twisting, constantly changing and ever evolving. In some ways it’s like my studio practice!
L.W.C I am very interested in the repetitious nature of your practice. Can you speak to where this comes from? How it has developed?
S.C I generally see a studio practice as either being project based or an ongoing exploration. For the last five years I have been working with ribbons as a subject, constantly trying to find new ways of improving upon and making the work relevant and interesting for myself. It’s an ongoing challenge, and one that I enjoy. In the end, I take pleasure in seeing how the work has evolved. The repetitive nature allows me to see how the work progresses over a period of time, for better or for worse! That’s not to say that I’ll always work with ribbons but for now there’s a lot to be discovered.
L.W.C How do you feel your practice varies from drawing to painting (or do you)?
S.C Each practice is one and the same. Apart from the differences in mediums, I use the same tools and processes when working on drawings and paintings. I find each practice creatively feeds the other, with each presenting solutions and challenges.