Cindy Cuba Clements - Artist
Art for me is an exhilarating process that allows for an intersection of expression and discovery, both of which are equally important. The discovery is the fun part. It is the exploration of how medium affects the paint, how textures add interest to the canvas. It is playing with color and line, the adding to and subtracting from a piece. Printmaking is similarly experimental. I work with monotypes – each piece is unique, each with its own combination of stenciling, drawing, textures, color and layers. There is much excitement in that, for better or worse, what emerges from the press is always a surprise.
The element of expression is harder, yet essential. It the communication of feeling and mood -- it is they way in which the artist truly conveys her self. Four years ago, I had to grapple with sadness that came with the deaths of two important people in my life. Working through those feelings through my art was therapeutic, and, at the same time, taught me importance of having an emotional connection to my work.
I have endeavored to retain this connection and, as a result, my body of work is an emotional diary of sorts: my color choices and brush strokes reveal my response to events around me or feelings within. My canvases are often layered, containing a history in the form of poetry writings, or newspaper articles that have touched me in some way. By removing parts of the painting with the use of painters tape, scraping away, or even hot water, I can expose part of the “soul” of the painting. It is never certain what will be revealed in this process, how all the elements will come together. As my late father-in-law would say, “that is the beauty of it.”
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