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Inspired by Chung Eun-Mo‘s painting Parallel Windows, this week we invite you to make a window picture.

Artist Chung Eun-Mo’s painting installation Parallel Windows was created in 1993 responding to the building and history of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The artwork was made specially for the big open room at the top of IMMA’s glass stairs (nowadays it’s the IMMA Shop). The walls of this room were painted a particular shade of deep blue. Then 12 abstract paintings on canvas were placed on the walls. These paintings explore the power and effects of natural light, and use geometric shapes to respond to the patterns cast by light coming through the windows onto the floor and walls.

Next time the sunlight is strong and you are near a window, have a look and see what shapes of shadow and light are being projected onto the walls, the floor, and the ceiling.

What you will need:

  • White paper
  • Types of thin coloured tissue paper such as sweet wrappers or tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Colouring markers
  • Scissor
  • Glue or glue stick

Create your own window picture – steps:

  • Begin by collecting and cutting up coloured tissue papers. You can also use sweet wrappers or even tracing paper you have coloured in with markers or pencils.
  • Draw out the pattern you want to create onto a sheet of white paper. It can be as simple or complex as you like.
  • Make sure the shapes you draw fill the page and you include a small thin frame around each shape.
  • You may need help with next step because it can be tricky!
    Carefully cut out the inside of each shape leaving the thin frame around the shape.
  • Now the fun part, use glue around the cut-out frame to stick the papers down. Once the glue has dried, your window is ready!

Finally please share your results, your experiments, and artworks with the hashtag #ExploreratHome

About the Artist

Eun-Mo Chung b.1946

Born in Korea, Chung Eun-Mo moved to New York in the mid 1960s. She has lived between Ireland and Italy since the late 1980s. Her work is informed by a thorough knowledge of Modernism, especially of the work of the early abstractionists. Like Malevich and Albers, she is fascinated by both mathematical and chromatic harmonies and the changing effects of light on them. Chung Eun-Mo has exhibited worldwide, including a highly acclaimed site-specific installation at IMMA in 2003.
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We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.