A new collection of work by Kristi Cumming, entitled Colouring in Shetland, will open in Da Gadderie at Shetland Museum this weekend and run until 29th April.
After two decades of living elsewhere, visual artist Kristi returned to Shetland in 2006. The abstract works in this collection have been created since then. Painting with reference to the New York Colour Field work of the 1950s, she manages to evoke an intrinsically Shetland landscape.
She said: “I love colour. The intense saturated hues of the Shetland landscape with its Technicolor plastic strewn beaches continually inspires me. Although, sometimes it’s as much about the colours themselves; the actual paint clashing its way across the canvas.”
Kristi graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee in 1999 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. Specialising in colour work, she described how her art was initially created using coloured light and water alone.
“I’ve always been really excited by the true colours of prismatic light. Its refractions and reflections, and the way water carries and accentuates this. I became absorbed in creating liquid fields of true colour.”
This exhibition continues to explore that fluidity of colour. While seemingly grounded in a landscape setting, the bold paintings play with the unexpected fluorescence of the modern environment.
Kristi is a member of Veer North and has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally since 1999.