Breathing Light

Opening Reception

Thursday, Mar 3, 2011
6:00 - 9:00 pm


Mar 3, 2011 - May 14, 2011


Project Space

Artist Statement

My work explores visual sensation and color interactions with light. I seek to create an altered perception of what is being seen. These investigations have at least partially evolved from my father's descriptions of eidetic hallucinations from his visual memory after losing his vision in 1994. The pieces are meditative and potentially extend the limits of visual thought and experience.

Light in itself is intangible and, to be perceived, must be transmitted through a medium. Using neon as the light source, I blur the edges of color to create a central haze of form/color/energy resulting in an illusory variance in luminance and size. The exhibited pieces are built up in layers, and when the work is approached the viewer might attempt to focus, but due to the refractions created, this is not possible. When one approaches some pieces the center becomes larger and lighter while stepping back, the center becomes darker and smaller. This illusion creates a visual "breath". After a few minutes of viewing, these pieces are transformed through our own perceptual physics, encouraging awareness of the state of our consciousness and the shape of our perception. 


Cathy Cunningham-Little, Blue Dot 2011 Cathy Cunningham-Little, Halo-Blue Cathy Cunningham-Little, Slit Cathy Cunningham-Little, Spark
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