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Rainbow Shards

Rainbow Shards, oil, metallic leaf, acrylic, archival ink, on canvas, 36 X 36

Glass of Water

A Glass of Water, oil, metallic leaf, spray paint, glitter, pearl pen on canvas, 36 X 36

Melting Pot

Melting Pot, oil, metallic leaf, glitter, textured spray paint, on canvas, 36 X 36

After-Glow

After-Glow, oil, metallic leaf, glitter, pearl pen, on canvas, 36 X 36

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About Cindy

Cindy's art--maximal and eclectic--reflects her experiences as a world traveler and her time spent living in such places as Spain, France, Japan, Morocco, Colombia, and Burkina Faso, where her "artscapades" included carving masks and painting kokeshi dolls.  This exposure to other countries and cultures has led her to embrace diversity and universal connectivity--two prevalent themes in her art.  Additionally, her love of world literature has enabled her to explore the links between... more

Under Construction

As the title "Under Construction" suggests, this project involves the construction of scenes while simultaneously being in a state of evolution. In these paintings I continue to explore the concepts of textural contrast, juxtaposition, connectivity, and digital fragmentation, all the while stretching the parameters of cohesiveness even further by experimenting with new media, but the process I employ varies from previous paintings in that I make more of a deliberate attempt to "build" rather than paint the compositional elements. By this I mean that there are more architectural references, more masking off and layering the surfaces, and, in general, more constructing. In the process I transcend from painter to craftsman/ interior decorator, and in some cases this involves the stripping away of old surfaces and the application of new ones. Less ethereal than the rainbow paintings, these "constructions" veer toward solidity and rootedness and rein in the stream of consciousness thinking I used in the past that lent itself more to free-flowing imagery. Nevertheless, spontaneity still plays a part in the choice of content, but with a heavier emphasis on redaction, the result being that the end product is a blend of spontaneity and structure. Thematically, I explore the ideas of digital-age bombardment, the transcending of daily tedium, and the importance of making connections through a diverse array of experiences.

  • Glass of Water

    "Glass of Water," oil, metallic leaf, glitter, textured spray paint on canvas, 36 X 36. The contrastive elements at play here are those of liquidity vs. stasis and wetness vs. dryness, thus amplifying the intrinsic value of something as simple as a glass of water.
  • After-Glow

    After-Glow, oil, metallic leaf, pearl pen, on canvas, 36 X 36. This piece juxtaposes "grounded" and free-flowing forms in addition to showing the contrasts between heaviness and lightness, organic and metallic, amorphous and well-defined, and ambiguous and literal.
  • Twister

    "Twister," oil, metallic leaf, glitter, on canvas, 24 X 30. The twister, rather than being an ephemeral, abstract form, becomes a concrete entity filled with twisting forms and cultural remnants from Greece, China, France, and Italy, resulting in a blend of artifacts and detritus.
  • Tied Up

    "Tied Up," oil, metallic leaf, spray paint, marker, pearl pen, on canvas, 36 X 36. The metaphorical and literal meaning of "tied up" are expressed herein and represent a yearning of the creative spirit to break free of constraints.
  • Sunrise

    "Sunrise," oil, spray paint, metallic leaf, pearl pen, archival ink, acryllic, glitter, on canvas, 24 X 36. Amidst the daily bombardment of media (hence the clippings from Arabic, German, Spanish, Japanese, and American periodicals) and visual stimulation, the sun always rises.
  • Celebration 1

    "Celebration 1,"oil, spray paint, metallic leaf, pearl pen, archival ink, marker, on canvas, 12 X 12. This represents the first panel of a diptych that connects with a second panel, both of which depict heavy organic forms which seem to float above a variety of textured surfaces.
  • Celebration 2

    "Celebration 2," oil, metallic leaf, pearl pen, textured spray paint, archival ink, on canvas, 12 X 12. This represents the second part of the diptych.
  • Kitchen-Scape

    "Kitchen-Scape," oil, metallic leaf, spray paint, pearl pen, archival ink, on canvas, 31 X 35. The elements in this painting--plates, trays, table cloths, dish towels, milk glass, shelves--all come from my kitchen and swirl together in a batter-filled mixing bowl.
  • Breaking Barriers

    "Breaking Barriers," oil, metallic leaf, glitter, pearl pen, on canvas, 31 X 35. Within the boundaries of the canvas are echoes of the rainbow theme and the recent polemic concerning the building of walls, of which this painting takes the opposing view. The architectural elements--wooden fences, metal gates, piers, brick walls, doors--are all meant to be transcended.
  • Melting Pot

    "Melting Pot," oil, textured spray paint, glitter, metallic leaf, on canvas. The elements in this painting, all of which pertain to my personal experiences, represent diverse time periods and places and a fusion of cultural diversity. These elements include images of medieval armor (after a photo from a BMA exhibit), Kenyan beads, an Algerian mosaic, a Moroccan inlaid wood box,and a Hawaiian fabric print. The rainbow motif is also present, as is a recent clipping about the Baltimore Ravens.

Rainbows

These paintings were inspired by the 2016 terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. They use the palette of a rainbow and its subsequent associations with diversity to illustrate the human will to triumph in the face of adversity. The recurring rainbow motif functions as a beacon of light that shines through a world that is immersed in tumult, riddled with prejudice and hate, and devoid of color vision. Such a black and white world lacks the ability to expand boundaries and embrace the creative spirit. Each of these paintings varies in its treatment of the rainbow motif by juxtaposing contrasting elements in different ways. For example, twisting forms contrast with bubbles to elicit the opposing feelings of violence and peace. Fragmented images appear against the backdrop of cohesive, amorphous shapes to simultaneously express the ideas of brokenness and continuity and show how a cohesive force endures in spite of a splintering of our moral code. Elements of conformity and structure are juxtaposed with free-flowing forms, thus presenting a visual antithesis which suggests that creative energy cannot be suppressed in the face of conservative ideology. Ultimately a rainbow conveys a positive message as it is a spectral display of colorful light that emerges after a storm and transcends the barriers of the physical realm. It is inclusive of all the colors, seemingly eternal, and limitless in its power to rise above the baseness of the material world.

Photo-Scapes

These paintings involve four disciplines: sculpture, photography, drawing, and painting. I begin by making small sculptures out of silly putty and then take photographs of them. The photos are then edited in Photoshop and printed out on canvas. I then use gesso to block out certain parts of the photograph (usually about half of it) and fill in these spaces with drawings. The final step is to use a variety of media such as rubber stamp ink, oil paint, and gold leaf, to complete the painting. The final result is a visual enigma that blurs the boundaries between collage, photography, and painting and invites the viewer to ask the obvious question: which part of the painting is "real"? This is a question that has become more prevalent in the digital age when the line between fiction and reality is blurred as a result of media bombardment.

  • Real

    11 X 14 Oil on photo canvas
  • Inside Out

    24 X 36 Oil on photo canvas
  • Photogra

    11 X 14 Oil on photo canvas
  • Down the Drain

    Down the Drain, oil and archival ink on canvas, 16 X 20
  • Clogged Drain

    Clogged Drain, oil on archival ink printed canvas, 36 X 36
  • Water Wheel

    Water Wheel, oil on archival ink printed canvas, 16 X 20
  • Palate

    Palate, oil on archival ink printed canvas, 20 X 30
  • Ejizo

    Ejizo, oil and archival ink on canvas, 11 X 14
  • Fruitocopia

    Fruitocopia, oil and archival ink on canvas, 18 X 24
  • Tartan

    Tartan, oil and archival ink on canvas, 11 X 14

Fantasy-Scapes

Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines "fantasy" as a "free play of creative imagination; a fanciful design or invention." These scapes are not realistic venues, but they are similar to clouds in the way that interpretation depends on individual perception. The word "scape" also suggests "escape," yet it is never possible to escape reality entirely in that we are always anchored to our physical surroundings. In all of these paintings there are elements of the fanciful and the literal, suggesting that no matter how hard one tries to make imaginative leaps, there is always a residue of the concrete--scraps, so to speak--that linger, that connect, that stimulate more journeys. Like all journeys, there is always a starting point; for me, it could be something as literal as a road sign, or as abstract as an epiphany. After I start on my journey, I try to relinquish control as much as possible to see where the idea leads. I'd like the viewer to engage in a visual odyssey, go beyond the visceral, make intuitive connections, and tap into the sub-conscious mind.

Interior-Scapes

As the word "interior" suggests, these paintings deal with scenes within well-defined boundaries. These boundaries could be a box, a hallway, or a room. I was inspired by my gadget drawer--something most of us have at home, a sort of catch all for odds and ends. This drawer, unlike the cutlery drawer or the medicine cabinet, is characterized by its randomness and may contain typical household items such as matches and measuring tape or detritus such as gum wrappers and pieces of ribbon. Ironically, this assortment of disparate objects blends together in a way that makes perfect sense. Open the drawer, and it tells a story; it presents a personal, haphazard glimpse of its owner. Even in the frenzied assortment of random stuff, there's a sort of harmony. Metaphorically, a gadget drawer is the reflection of the subconscious in that the dream world also abounds in diverse symbols and bits of information that link together to form seemingly logical connections. Likewise, in waking life we are bombarded with scraps of information from the digital age in which we live. Because this digital fallout is incomplete and held together by tenuous threads, the viewer must "connect the dots" and finish the narrative. My goal in creating these pictures is to stretch the parameters of cohesiveness while at the same time maintaining pictorial harmony. The scraps in my pictures come from whatever happens to be in my immediate environment at a given time. I then use this information to craft an interior landscape and promote an open-ended dialog.

Un-Escapes

An antithesis to "Fantasy-Scapes," the "Un-Escapes" series focuses more on destruction than creation and confronting rather than avoiding reality. The creative catalyst for these paintings was the exploration of the apocalypse archetype and the inevitability of such manmade and natural disasters as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, crashes, explosions, and viral infections. While all of these events are tinged with fear, the greatest underlying fear is the fear of death and the imprint this fear leaves on daily existence. This life-versus-death dichotomy appears on the canvas as splashes of color against black voids; while the looming shadow of death conveys a feeling of dread, its omnipresent certainty is what enriches the human spirit and helps shape individual existence. My intention is not to shroud a negative event in tragedy, but instead to show its complicity in the life cycle. In that sense, the paintings perpetuate the cycle of destruction and creation. They function as a sort of Hindu triumvirate, or a Phoenix rising again from its own immolation.

Animal Archetypes

These paintings express the Jungian concept of "the Self" through the introduction of animal components that represent man's instinctive nature and connection to the natural world. These animal spirits are woven into external environments that form part of the collective unconscious.

Remnants

Remnants. They are pieces of something else; they are incomplete; they are vehicles to larger ideas, like words are pieces of language and numbers are pieces of mathematical equations. The scraps in these paintings function in much the same way as Lichtenstein's dots, Pollack's drips, or Davis's stripes in that they are quarks--small particles that combine to make a whole of something, but paradoxically, evoke ideas of destruction, a ripping apart of something, a digital disintegration. Webster's Unabridged Dictionary defines a remnant as "a trace, a last remaining indication of what has been," so the viewer must connect the dots to fill in the empty spaces and find closure. These "dots" are pieces of a fragmented universe, functioning simultaneously as by-products of information smog as well as archetypal motifs. In the process of connecting the dots, a scrap becomes the seed from which subsequent ideas are generated. They facilitate multifarious perspectives, but because of their incompleteness, they allow for limitless dialog. South African artist William Kentridge believes that "it is the job of the artist to smash the vase and then fashion something coherent out of the shards." These shards are arbitrary remnants of information that are "reprocessed on the canvas and reprocessed again by the viewer, thus perpetuating the cycle of creation and destruction.

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