Phoebe Cummings - Fragments
this exhibition certainly succeeds in conveying the rich mystery and history of the objects which surround us
For this, Phoebe Cumming's first solo show in Scotland, the artist presents us with a varied selection of drawings, sculptures and installations. Cummings takes great delight in playing with scale and space, and her work deals with the way in which we think about objects, materials and representation. Many of these works have a significant psychological charge; one piece, woven delicately using clay forms before being allowed to set, enchroaches from the gallery space onto a windowsill, creating a lovely tension between the flow of the object and the distinct possibility that such a delicate sculpture will inevitably be broken.
In another piece Cummings plays with duality again, creating a tiny desert landscape on the surface of a spoon, complete with two tiny figures navigating their way across it. The powerful charge of simple domestic objects is again exploited in another landscape which features aeroplanes taxiing across the surface of a lightbulb. The artist says that she is "interested in the presence imprinted on places and their objects" and this exhibition certainly succeeds in conveying the rich mystery and history of the objects which surround us.
Corn Exchange Gallery, Edinburgh until August 10. Free.