San Rafael, CA
Painting for me is a completely immersive, visceral, exciting experience. I am interested in memory, perception, and the psychological space between them. Background and extraneous detail fade from memory with the passage of time, and what remains is a filtered mental image rather than the real experience. My work explores how memory as a collective informs and shapes who we are as individuals and how that collective affects our relationships with others. I use the space of the canvas as an area of psychological tension and the face or body as a container for meaning. As a result my figures are often displaced from a logical space and become isolated or contained within the canvas, creating a physical and conceptual distance on the subject. Themes of gender, sexuality, and the rupture between one’s personal realities and public identities reoccur throughout my work. The play of thick and thin texturing through transparent washes of color and daubs of impasto paint evoke the covering and exposure of the subjects identity creating layers of psychological complexity.
Cynthia Horn is a San Francisco Bay Area fine artist and educator specializing in figurative painting and ceramics. She attended the University of California, Berkeley where she earned a BA in Art Practice followed by an MFA in Studio Art from University of California, Davis. She spent a year studying in Florence, Italy focusing on painting and art history. While in Umbria she apprenticed under the late, great watercolorist Betty Lynch and indulged in daily gelato sessions.
Cynthia's work has been exhibited nationally, most recently with a solo show at Ridley Gallery at Sierra College. She currently teaches at Chabot College and University of California, Davis.