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Cynthia Kresse

Cynthia Kresse received her Master of Arts in Medical Illustration from the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. She has taught life drawing at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, and the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. She was chosen for an artist’s residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

Cynthia Kresse’s work has been selected for multiple competitive exhibits. Among these are several inclusions in The Delta Exhibit, a juried regional exhibit held at the Arkansas Arts Center, Arkansas’s “Forty Women Over Forty”, “Prints, Drawings and Photographs”, and “National Biennial Exhibition”. Her work earned Second Place in the “National Museum of Women in the Arts” Exhibit.

With a subtle minimalist approach, Kresse creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art can be found. The work is transcendent and systematic and a cool and neutral imagery is used.

Multilayered images arise and create situations that break the passivity of the spectator, she seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing light in intervals that articulate quietness and beauty, these moments depicted as to find poetic meaning in everyday life.

"I am fascinated by the barely seen, the almost there.What is hidden in the shadows and exposed by the light. My belief is that the ordinary can be transcendent, when light and shadows work their effect. Figures, interiors and landscapes become a vehicle for subtlety and mystery. My interest centers on the emotional qualities of light, as it relates to different subject matter. I try for simplicity, looking for the essence of a moment. Southern roots contribute a sense of quietness. Rural life especially has an influence on my work. Here, I an see the contrast of natural versus artificial light. Far from the glare of city lights, dusk and dawn linger. Country Darkness filters a slow creation of silhouettes and muted colors. I am fascinated by the soft illegible images produces. My goal is to create such moments of intrigue." Cynthia Kresse

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