Image of the Month: Rebuilding the Unbuilt by Sumi Perera SGFA

"Rebuilding the Unbuilt [Y Block]" Sumi Perera SGFA

“Rebuilding the Unbuilt [Y Block]” Etching, aquatint and stitching, 46 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches. Edition of 3. Printed and published by the artist, SuPerPress Editions, Redhill, Surrey. Sum Perera SGFA

Rebuilding the Unbuilt [Y Block] forms part of a series of prints derived from Sumi Perera’s drawing of the unbuilt Expo Tower designed for Montreal’s Expo 67 by Archigram member Peter Cook. Cook’s Expo Tower was based on Kiyonori Kikutake’s visionary floating metropolis of 1958.

Perera builds a drawn world from borrowed objects and images. Her prints are based on mixed elements combining photography, collographs, etching and aquatints. Perera has won international acclaim for her contemporary production methods in printing and the way she combines traditional draughtsmanship with new assemblage.

Profile of the Artist: Sumi Perera RE SGFA FSDC

Dr. Sumi Perera RE SGFA

Dr. Sumi Perera RE SGFA

As a student in Sri Lanka, Perera decided on a career in medicine. This background in medicine and science as well as a love of architecture fed into her later artistic practice. Sumi studied at the Camberwell College of Arts

Perera has won countless prizes for her work and exhibits worldwide. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and a member of the Society of Designers Craftsman. Her international award-winning work is held in prominent public collections including Tate Britain, V&A Museum, Ashmolean Museum, Yale Centre for British Art, USA.


Charlie Kirkham SGFA is Editor of the Society of Graphic Fine Art Journal and a contributing writer. For more information please see

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4 Responses to Image of the Month: Rebuilding the Unbuilt by Sumi Perera SGFA

  1. wonderful images, thank you Sumi, you are a amazing artist. And I still don’t know how you do it all !

  2. typewriter32 says:

    Hi Sumi – quite frankly you are a genius…absolutely stunning, complex and intellectually stimulating work.

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