Cathy Cunningham-Little uses neon, light, wire, string, and other materials in a variety of ways to explore the phenomena of perception, both the visual interaction of color and light and the mental aspects of perception. Her earlier works were based in mixed media installations and drawings made of light. More recently, her works are more abstract and use light as a field of energy. These and other artworks give rise to multiple interpretations on the perceptual level through a relationship between the intensity of physical stimuli and their perceptual effects, shaping our beliefs of what we are seeing. Cunningham Little’s works are meditative and potentially extend the visual thought and experience, encouraging viewers to reflect upon their understanding and interpretation of the physical world that surrounds them.
Cunningham Little studied at nationally recognized art schools including Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Art and Craft, and the University of Texas in San Antonio. Since 1983 Cathy has run a business in San Antonio called Cunningham Glass Studios, LLC, specializing in client commissions for Stained Glass, Neon, Etched Glass and other glass related products. She has completed several public art projects in Texas and teaches workshops at Southwest School of Art. She has exhibited at major venues nationally and internationally including such institutions as Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA; Mexi-arte Museum, Austin, TX; Columbus Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio; Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy; Seto Shinyou Kinko Gallery, Seto, Japan; and HsinChu Municipal Cultural Center, Taiwan, R.O.C.