Pauline Cummins’ performance and video work examine the human condition from a feminist perspective.
Research-driven themes of the political body, activism, human rights, and gender are often explored in the artists practice. Cummins likes to collaborate with artists and communities in public sites and situations; including within prisons as a visiting artist and was the founding chairperson of the Women’s Artist Action Group, (WAAG). Cummins lectured at the National College of Art and Design from 1994 – 2014. Her work is in both national and international collections including The Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Maternity Hospital. Commissions include the Newgrange Interpretative Centre, New St. Park (Dublin) and the National Maternity Hospital.
Current exhibitions include The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now, Protest, and Conflict, IMMA, and an upcoming touring exhibition and book release of Walking in the Way with collaborator Frances Mezzetti.
Cummins was an Artist in Residence at The Irish Museum of Modern Art, from 2021 to 2022.
She is currently working on a new project in her studio at Rua Red.
Image: Cummins performs as the Duchess of Leinster with her 22 children in Dublin Castle. Photo: Joseph Carr