Acrylic on 9 attached panels
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I have always been interested in how we see our familiar environment, whether we sit and watch a sunset or glance at it out of the window of a car. My Commuter Time Lapse series refers to how we perceive the landscape over time. The metallic stripes of deconstructed color can refer to pathways, roads, contrails, and other symbols of a consumer society constantly on the go, doing its business--and also its damage to the air. I often use a clear auto finish on my paintings to refer to our voracious car culture, and as a nod to the “Finish Fetish” tradition inherited from the L.A. artists of the 1960s. During this present global crisis, perhaps our skies have a chance to return to their original beauty, and our coast can become clear again, if only for a short time.
Cynthia Martin grew up in Southern California and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been an award-winning artist, writer, and art educator and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and in Europe. She serves on the Santa Barbara Arts Commission advisory committee as well as the boards of the Santa Barbara Studio Artists and the Abstract Art Collective.