Lauren E. Cunningham
ARTWORKS
ABOUT
STATEMENT
BIOGRAPHY
EXHIBITION HISTORY
PRESS
TEACHING
CONTACT
2017
Scorched Earth

2014
Hope

2012
Tomorrow
LIE
Relief

2011
Under Construction

2010
Rope
Circumstance
Knife
Deep Seat
Focus
Window
Conveyor
Chaos
Purge

2009
Graveside Performance
Echoes
Philosopher's Room
Push
Curiosity
Portrait of the Artist

2008
Locus
Burst
Untitled (Bird)
Coil
Shell
Hearth

2007
In-Between
Cairn
Untitled (Broken)
The Source
Dipoint Cascade

2006
Hole-punch Collage II
Hole-punch Collage I
Bronze Combs
Comb Curtain

All images © Lauren Cunningham 2018
Artworks
Rope
2010
Pastel, graphite, and string on paper
24" x 18"

This drawing is about the profound impact that subtle changes can have and also a demand for attention to detail. At first glance, the word "rope" is written both above and below a set of concentric circles—first in cursive with a piece of white string; then in a similar font, but outlined in graphite and filled in with white pastel. Especially in the context of the words, the string, and the rope-like cursive, the concentric circles are reminiscent of a coiled rope.

A closer inspection will reveal that the spelling of the second "rope" differs by one letter, resulting in a similar yet profoundly different word: rape. Replacing the "o" in rope with an "a" is like raping the word itself. Just as a rape victim is forever impacted by the traumatic experience, the word "rope" has been fundamentally altered, even though it maintains its overall shape.