11. Michael Cummins
My drawing starts at the centre of the inlaid floor in the China Closet, looking at the irregularly shaped wood pieces which make up the symmetrical shape ; I was happy to find something irregular in this building of such perfect regularity . From there the drawing feels its way out to the labourers who made the gardens , by referencing the tools found in plasterwork in the room. The numbers are taken from a survey plan carried out as part of the restoration and map the various timbers from around the world. Some damp patches have crept into the drawing as they did into the building during its time out of use. The fire extinguisher is included under current safety regulation because a fire can occur in the imagined world just as easily as in the real one.
Michael Cummins grew up in Dublin and studied Painting at NCAD. He now lives in Co. Sligo where he continues to draw, paint and make sculpture. For many years Michael has worked in theatre, chiefly as Lighting Designer but also as Set Designer, Set and Prop Builder and Technician. A long association with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company included designs for plays by Shakespeare, Ionesco and Yeats and adaptations from Flann O’Brien and Lewis Carroll. Michael has a broad experience of touring theatre throughout Ireland and abroad, incuding UK, Germany, Poland, Spain,Turkey,Bulgaria, Romania. Michael is also a pyrotechnician.