Lily Cummins is an artist based in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. She works with a combination of abstract and recognisable forms, questioning the idea of representation and creating a dream-like patchwork of memory.
A language of marks and shapes defines Lily’s work as she observes her surroundings and translates them into drawings.
Through experiments with bleached-out hues and striking combinations, and colours that reject the obvious harmony within art, Lily’s become iconographic. Each piece has an ambiguous narrative, conceived through repeated forms and structures. The characters and settings are all aspects which the viewer can relate to, but simultaneously struggles to make sense of, as though trying to recall a memory.
Similar to how memories are erased or distorted, Lily’s work explores a corresponding process. Shapes are drawn and then redrawn, text is written only to be crossed out and objects emerge quietly and only begin to be resolved through careful consideration.
Lily holds a Masters of Fine Art from The National Art School, Sydney. In 2018 she won the Wingecarribee Drawing Prize which enabled her to participate in Pilotenkueche, a three-month international artist residency in Leipzig, Germany. Whilst there she participated in three exhibitions. Lily has exhibited extensively in Sydney and in 2019 Lily had two solo shows, in Sydney and Robertson, NSW.