Artists Thoughts about the Exhibition
I have been planning to create a Lusitania installation since 2012 when I toured a Titanic exhibition and created the prototype funnel sculptures with zoetrope’s on them.
The audiovisual funnels are my favorite art pieces in the installation with music and soundscapes in them by Josh Cummins, flyingdogwalking.com. There’s a really catchy song on headphones about the iconic landmark, “Roche’s Point to New york “which I know very well, as I grew up in Cobh and Roche is a family name. The “Leaving New York “ waltz is a romantic classic, which is also contemporary. The music in the funnels is key to the installation and creates an atmospheric movie soundtrack to the animations and Art.
I loved painting Liverpool’s vibrant Three Graces as Lusitania whizzes past to turn .My most emotive pieces , would have to be the little paper cut waistcoat for the three-year-old baby boy and paper cut baby bonnet for the six month old baby girl collaged on digitally printed satin silk, created to depict the fragility of life. These were based on the sad accounts of unidentified remains and homage to all little children lost.
The Bridge, a voice soundscape to all the Cunard crew from the Liverpool area, using color washes on the majestic architecture to emotively invoke the ships lower decks and the crew’s quarter’s .The gestural work 18 minutes (the sinking,) can be seen at the end of the bridge.
The exhibition combines rare factual imagery ,with expressive Art pieces in light boxes to give the viewer a meaningful, contemporary journey through Lusitania.
Bonny Cummins 6/5/15