"The Intimate Wind Carries a Memory" by Cynthia Grow
Painting. Acrylic and gesso on wood panel. 22 x 22 in.
With my abstract works – typically muted, evocative landscapes and seascapes invented from nature, I work to create a sense of mood and atmosphere. Inspiration for these pieces comes from my travels in Catalunya – the stunning landscape of mountains and sea, and poetry that deeply resonates with me – phrases that create a visceral reaction. In rather not so elegant terms, words that quite literally send a buzz up my spine or a chill down my arm. The words arrive long before the painting.
Repetition. Reduction. Minimalism. I typically use two or three colors at most in these works – only varying the tint and shade. Working to capture shadow and light, I paint in thin washes. Multiple layers are reduced, wiped away, and then painted over, layer by layer, again and again. With thin washes of paint, the wood grain eventually seeps through, becoming an integral part of the final work. Irregularities in the grain, the occasional blemish, are transformed into something with a certain imperfect beauty, making each piece unique. The final results evoke ethereal, dreamy emotional landscapes – each work a small meditation, a visual poem.
Lightly varnished for u.v. protection. Sides painted in varying colors as the painting. Hardware included and assembled. Ready to hang. Frame not necessary, unless preferred. Signed on the reverse.
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