Epigraph to Bird Man

Pum

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About the edition

This limited edition screen print was created by artist Pum as part of Flip Artists, an initiative supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in partnership with several high profile arts organisations in Scotland that provided development opportunities for artists with disabilities across Scotland to develop their artistic practice or career through an individualised programme of mentoring and support.  

"Oh birdman, more man than bird absurd suited man. Inscribed on the side of this cliff. Your words are a riff of Birds, Rock and Sky. I sigh; I see your face is written on the open horizon. Your wings rise to quote endless metaphors for flight. The flight to the surreal, and the heroics of the dream world."

So, let us direct you, the viewer, into the loop of looking – you look into the image the image looks into you. The Chance glance of resemblance, a dialogue, a conversation with yourselves, engaging in the play of the imagery on display here.

Physical, cut and paste transformation. Ink to ink, think, pixel to grey gradient. Seamlessly moving into the imaginary realm, of resonance, dance and the psychological alchemy of the conscious Unconscious. The paradox of sight, the flight of vision, the glimpse of recognition then a faltering bemusement, amusing your unassuming eye.

Legends are keys on maps or diagrams, but they are also stories told through our oral tradition, out of a collective and personal need for transmitting narratives. The telling and re-telling of facts and fictions blurred. Pum’s collages use fragments of imagery and a blurring of words and image through visual puns, implied spoken language and titles, to splice together views into picturing peculiar stories. Her skill lies in her ability to synthesise composition and surprise our eyes into looking again, or faltering by the jarring incongruence depicted. So go looking for legends, in the end, the images exhibited here hope to inspire curiosity, to learn to look again so that one enters into communication, with yourself and selves and our world.

Pum sees her collage as a form of visual poetry. Speaking in spell binding silence, conjuring characters or scenes, which intrigue. You the viewer are invited to uncover an interpretation by letting your eyes and mind seek out their stories. The artist herself has many meanings. The fragments she pieces together speak to her like words, the resulting imagery intuitively discloses its meanings to her as she works to synthesise the collage composition. This is her process, a private form of making sense, in solitude.

Words by Pum. Lend me your legends. © 2016

Lend Me Your Legends was shown in DCA Information Space, Tue 16 - Thu 25 February 2016.

Year 2016
Edition of 15
Media Screen print in black ink on Somerset Satin 300gsm paper 
Dimensions 76 x 56cm
Signature Signed, titled and dates by artist on lower recto
Artist Pum
Partners Flip Artists

About Pum

Pum is a painter and a collagist. She studied Philosophy at Glasgow University and has a Masters (Research) in Creative Practices from Glasgow School of Art. Pum makes work which investigates the invisible processes involved in establishing a sense of self. She is fascinated with the psychological aspects of human relationships and employs the imaginative realm to unearth and re-evaluate humankind’s aesthetic relationship with ourselves and the wider ecosystem. She makes use of the creative process as a research method. Her creative practice also plays an integral part in her ability to manage her life with Autism.


Projects and residencies include Artist in residence at Project Ability , a six week funded research period (2010 - 2011), and Flip Artists mentoring scheme (2015 – 2016).


Publications include ‘Creative Praxis: Portraits & Dialogues from the sensory Inter/face of Autism’ (available from Project Ability)

About Flip Artists

Flip Artists was an initiative supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in partnership with several high profile arts organisations in Scotland. Flip Artists provided development opportunities for artists with disabilities across Scotland to develop their artistic practice or career through an individualised programme of mentoring and support.  

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