Maureen Cummins Solo Show

Filed in Exhibitions by on December 1, 2019

POSTPONED – Exhibition Dates TBA

Reception: TBA

Artist Q&A: TBD


For the past twenty years I have been making work that is strongly influenced by the experiences of marginalized populations. In TheRapist, (images enclosed) I use the career of Walter Freeman, the faux doctor who popularized psychosurgery in America, as a way to explore issues of power, control, and patient’s rights. Also enclosed are images from a body of work based on the experiences of ten Syrian and Iraqi refugee families who I interviewed in 2018 (this is also the work I propose to show at WAAM).

In the artist book AlieNation / Separation, texts are severed and printed upside down so that the reader /viewer is forced to experience some measure of the confusion, alienation, isolation and separation that refugees and resettlers experience everyday.

In Lachyrmatories for Layla, I collaborated with Layla Al-Hasani, an Iraqi poet who lost her husband and four sons in the Iraqi war. The resulting installation is a series of lachrymatories, or tear-bottles, each of which contains a single heartbreaking line of etched text written by Al Hasani.


Maureen Cummins is a graduate of Cooper Union. She has been a working artist for over three decades, has cranked presses from California to the Eastern Arctic and produced over thirty limited edition artist books. She has created projects based on slave narratives, the Salem Witch trials, turn of the century gay love letters, and patient records from McLean Hospital, the oldest mental hospital in America. She is represented in over one hundred permanent public collections and has received over a dozen grants and funded residencies, including the prestigious Pollock-Krasner award.

2020 Solo Shows were selected by juror Kristen Dodge, owner and director of September Gallery in Hudson, NY

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