Cyndi Merrill Mapleton, IL. Sculptor
BFA Ceramics, Illinois State University, BS Studio Arts, Illinois State University.
By emphasizing aesthetics, Cynthia’s sculptures reference motion and the idealized form as a type of therapeutic contemplation about contemporary standards of youthfulness and usefulness in the modern world. Her sculpture demonstrates how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. Her artwork challenges the binaries we continually construct between Self and Other; between our own ‘Id’ and ‘Ego’ selves. By choosing mainly formal solutions, she seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily thoughts. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the woman’s strife to clarify our acceptance and contemplate meaning in life.Her works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of our accepted empirical realities, she tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, and which are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels that incite the viewer to make new personal associations.Her works radiate a cold and latent violence: disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent conscious seduction further complicates the reception of her manifold layers of meaning.