“Internal Landscapes: Eco Art and Exploring Place” opened on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the Nash Gallery in New Hampton, NH. The new work by Cynthia Cutting Robinson is the second art show to exhibit in the newly refurbished Nash Gallery located on the lower level of the Gordon-Nash Library.
The artist, Ms. Robinson, has been a painter for more than 20 years, and now uses a wide variety of materials and processes to make artworks centered on environmental issues and ideas. She is a certified K-12 Art Teacher and is currently the Madison Elementary School Art Teacher. Her environmental art education business, Eco Art a la Carte takes her to schools and communities all over New England for workshops, after school programs, conferences, long term programs, and artist in residence weeks. In 2012, Cynthia opened a Teaching Studio as part of The Arts Collaborative in Meredith, NH.
Cynthia Cutting Robinson uses natural and recycled materials, poetry, narrative text, mapping, drawing, painting, video, photography, collaborative actions, negotiation, and community planning in her work. She considers the inter-personal work an essential ingredient to the art making process. These colorful pieces, incorporating twigs, stones, branches, plastic bags, juice boxes, and other bits of recycled material, will draw you in to really study and explore all the elements that went into creating them. The show is inspiring and thought provoking and will hopefully encourage more individuals to reconsider the things they throw away and what can be done instead to improve our environment.
Ms. Robinson commented on her recent work “In this past year, I have been thinking more deeply about my personal and physical connection to natural spaces I experience. Taking moments to study, celebrate, and then incorporate naturally occurring forms, lines, gestures, and colors, I work to push beyond the traditional flat rectangular art format to re-present them in a different context. The results from this basic premise have varied from a small non-functional chair series, to wall works that morph painting and sculpture together, to a series that partners physical and philosophical chakra concepts with immediate found materials. I often think of these works as totem - like markers for moments and experiences along the way.”
Cynthia is a NH State Council on the Arts' Arts in Education Roster Artist, a member of the Arts Alliance of Northern NH, New England Consortium of Artist Professionals, New Hampshire Child in Nature Coalition and the Women's Caucus for Art NH. She has a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College, and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College.
“Internal Landscapes: Eco Art and Exploring Place” will run through the month of August at the Nash-Gallery. The gallery is free to the public and open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday from 10 a.m.