Andy Cumming received his BA from Grey’s School of Art in Aberdeen, studying fine art printmaking in Scotland’s only full time printmaking course. He went on to study at Edinburgh College of Art where he completed his MA in fine art printmaking in 2011.
Initially inspired in his prints and paintings by ideas of tacit knowledge and the intuitive way children make art, he then expanded his practice to incorporate video projections and circuit bending performances during his time studying for his Master’s at Edinburgh College of Art.
These explorations of using technology as an immersive experience- continue his interests in examining how cultural constructs such as transhumanism, mimetic’s and social engineering can inhibit perception.
“My work deals with many different themes from the origions of creativity with the understanding of inherent and embedded knowledge, to the study of human behaviour and the social sciences. I am also interested on the effect that the internet is having on our learning. Having unlimited access to knowledge on every possible subject is an amazing thing but it also opens us up to false and or conflicting information, adding to an ever increasing mistrust of our governments and the education we are taught at school. I find interest in many things but I also enjoy the process of allowing the chance mark inspire the form/idea. I tend to start my work with no particular theme but through the process of play and random markmaking a theme starts to come to fruition. I very much allow my tacit knowledge to take over whilst I make art.”
Andy Cumming 2017
Andy was selected to exhibit at the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy’s “New Contemporaries Exhibition in 2010” at which he was awarded both the ‘Royal Scottish Academy and Edinburgh Printmaking prizes.
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