We asked Paul and Mark some questions about their art practice and ideas.
Julie: Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the Leytonstone Arts Trail in 2016.
Paul Cummings and Mark Cummings: This year we decided to do something different. We will be presenting The Mystery School of Sound. The work is illuminated by the ancient wisdom teachings. Using the power of sound we will follow a mystic path expressing the seven universal principles of the Hermetic Kybalion. The symphony of seven parts also will be accompanied by film.
Julie: This is the 9th LAT. Have you taken part in the Trail before and what did you do?
Paul Cummings and Mark Cummings: We have taken part in the arts trail for many years now and it is always a highlight in our calendar. We always like getting ready for this event. Last year we showed our sculptures and wall hangings as well as shamanic costumes.
Julie: Tell us a little bit about your artistic background/education.
Paul Cummings and Mark Cummings: We have come from a fine art background. Recently we have been broadening our spheres to include wider expressions of a core theme that is magic and mysticism. We have been productive for a great number of years and it is evolving in a direction we are truly embracing.
Julie: How would you describe your art practice? What kind of things inspire you to create art?
Paul Cummings and Mark Cummings: We don’t limit ourselves by what we produce but primarily we have been making sculpture and this is an on-going project. We focus on creating work out of digital technologies and manifesting them in the real world. We make art that relates to magic and mythology; we find our greatest inspiration here.
Julie: How would you describe a good day in the studio?
Paul Cummings and Mark Cummings: A good day in the studio is when it call comes to together or an inspiration has been followed through and we like the results. This is whether we’ve made or performed on the gongs.
Julie: What challenges (if any) do you face in preparing yourself and your work for the Trail?
Paul Cummings and Mark Cummings: The challenges are joys and getting something new to show is what we always aim for.
Julie: Do you collect art?
Paul Cummings: When I have finances I will always buy some art, my house has several pieces that have come from previous art trail shows. I love the pieces I have acquired wish I could collect more.
Julie: Please tell us something you really like about Leytonstone.
Paul Cummings: Leytonstone has a community that I fit in really well with and it’s the only place in London where I recognise people when I’m in the area.
Julie: Besides the Trail, what is coming up next for you and where can we see more of your art in the flesh or on-line?
Paul Cummings and Mark Cummings: We are currently going into mass production with our sculptures and new art works are in the pipeline. We hope to be entering some art fairs towards the end of this year. We are also doing Gong performances locally; we have sessions in the Heathcote Arms and are currently looking for more spaces to do our healing arts. If anyone has any suggestions we would be happy to know.
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