A world inside Acrylic, spray paint and marker on wood panel 48x49

A world inside

Acrylic, spray paint and marker on wood panel

48x49

Trace Elements

By Cynthia Giron

Artist Statement

Cynthia Giron

I work in an automatic or intuitive way adding and subtracting until I find the end I wish to see. I enjoy experimenting with different types of mark making: markers, spray paint, ink stains etc. Sometimes in my experimentations I find wonderful accidents from which are built upon; but I try not to let any one mark become too precious. I enjoy my work being playful imperfect and energetic. I favor working on larger sizes because it facilitates the physicality of larger marks while also giving me room to develop smaller refined areas. My interest in mark making drives me to try and resolve how marks are more than just a dot or a line, how together they can make mass or space and how color also influences how mark or area is perceived. I indulge myself by using bright fluorescent colors in my work; I’ve always felt an odd attraction to these colors I love how they are attractive yet somehow off-putting. Recently, I have started making small sculptures; I work them in the same way as in my paintings, starting with either clay or foam and subtracting and adding until I am pleased with them. Both works inform each other and further my exploration into mark making.


Muse Acrylic and watercolor on wood panel 24x24

Muse

Acrylic and watercolor on wood panel

24x24

Moon beam Acrylic and ink on wood panel 24x24

Moon beam

Acrylic and ink on wood panel

24x24


This work explores my current area of research, which is the different ways to make marks. Both the paintings and sculptures represent how anything can be made by marks. Lines become forms by layering and connecting; they give perspective even though in the end they are just marks. To me, everything is a mark drawn by the hand whether it is simple line or dot or a complex shape they all start the same. 


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Filtered Skies

Acrylic, spray paint and marker on wood panel

24x24

Stranger at the door Acrylic, spray paint and marker on wood panel 24x24

Stranger at the door

Acrylic, spray paint and marker on wood panel

24x24


The objective of this exhibition is to expose the different ways a mark is created, how it is not restricted to just line but is open to anything that is manipulated; paint, marker and even formed objects. I’d like to show a range of pieces that highlight the variety in mark making and how they can differ; showing how the objective stays the same but the outcomes are wide-ranging, 5 larger paintings, 5 smaller paintings and 5 sculptures. 


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Fruitful labor

Acrylic, spray paint and maker on wood panel

24x24

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Kryptonite

Acrylic, marker and spray paint on glazed terra-cotta clay

5 inches x 4.5 inches x 4 inches

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Idol

Acrylic, marker and spray paint on glazed terra-cotta clay

5 inches x 7 inches x 4 inches

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Shades

Acrylic, spray paint and marker on paper

69.5x42


For instance, in Swirly, the marks in this piece are a lot more geometric and methodical than I usually make. There is a certain rhythm to the repetition of the multiple matching shapes and lines. There are areas where the line is used to emphasize or highlight and outline. Some lines bring things forward while others pushback. I also used marker for cleaner marks and sprays for a diffused effect. Another example of how lines can stimulate different outcome is in Space Rock, a sculpture made from clay; I painted and then used various markers to accentuate the shape of the piece, defining areas that are of importance.


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Swirly

Acrylic, spray paint and marker on wood panel

48x48

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Organic matter

Acrylic, spray paint, oil stick and marker on paper

47.5x49


There is a language that emerges from mark making it is primitive and urgent and is the driving force in these works. My work emerges from this urgency to make marks and how adding and subtracting, more or less marks find the painting. Whether on two-dimensional planes or objects, they convey a mood or emotion, sometimes wild and brash and at times methodical and controlled. My goal is to address and declare that mark making is more than just lines on paper or splashes of ink, a mark can echo the physical act of making the mark, it can hint at mood or emotion. It can be layered to show depth and complexity. Marks can become objects or form but will always remain a mark, a form of expression. To summarize, my pieces will show the countless ways marks are made both with different materials and how they can become more than what they started out as. 


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Alien

Acrylic, marker and spray paint on expanding foam and fired terra-cotta clay

5 inches x 5 inches x 5.5 inches

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Space Rock

Acrylic, marker oil and spray paint on fired terra-cotta clay

3.75 x 4.5 inches x 4 inches

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Please don’t drop me

Acrylic, spray paint and marker on wood panel

49x48

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Fin

Acrylic, marker and spray paint on fired terra-cotta clay

5 inches x 4.5 inches x 4 inches