Friday, August 28, 2009

Cynthia Atwood

Extinct (detail), 2003, paint, cloth & glue on armature, vinyl dog toys, vinyl cover, 18 x 32 x 18, Hospitality, 1999, silk, velvet, rubber snakes, paint, armature, 29 x 21 x 21, Venus di Milo (detail), 2004, feather pillow, chiffon, paint, silk, buttons, 26 x 13 x 10, Listening Device, 2008, wood, rubber ears, fabric, wire, paint, 9 x 14 x 6, Fabric Drawing #4 (detail), 2004, fabric, Her Pet Question (detail), 2008, styrofoam, fabric, monkey fur, Aphrodite (detail), 2008, wood, styrofoam, fabric, 43 x 24 x 16
In my studio I am motivated by attraction to materials and the pleasure I take in handling them. I make objects that confront my body and the body of my viewer with sensuous humor and some provocation. I am interested in the unrecognizable, the repressed. What is beyond our immediate reality? What is the mystery of our associative, psychological state in regards to our perception of what is underneath our skin? Often there are details of clothing in my work, zippers, piping, button holes, referring to the fashion we cover ourselves with, our facade. My work is an exaggerated reference to the body. It reflects the paradox of intelligence opposing bestiality, the body couture. Our facade is an obsession. The materiality, sensuality, and labor invested in my work are expressions of the body.
love the sensuous tactility...see more here.

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