The work of Jemma Gunning shows a fascination with recording the passage of time. Her work evokes nostalgia and the questions that arise around lost and forgotten landscapes. Urban exploration and documenting industrial decline reconnects the present day to the past. As a result of urban expansion, she feels recording these transient historic forms is increasingly important and a way of remembering our once thriving industrial past.
The use of intaglio and lithographic processes supports her vision in the subjects depicted. The processes require an enforced decay whereby the acid bites into the substrates, resonating with the natural decay of the structures recorded.
Alongside her art practice, Jemma works as a freelance workshop practitioner and teaches lithography at the University of the West of England.