Cynthia Ona Innis – Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles
Cynthia Ona Innis
Born 1969 in San Diego, California
Cynthia Ona Innis’s recent work was introduced in a solo exhibition entitled Shine at Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles. The new work continues her interest in nature and interpreting the cyclical manifestations of landscape into well articulated abstractions.
This past fall Innis became an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts in the Golden Gate National Park just north of San Francisco. Set within an old military building on a hill and adjacent to a restored missile site, her studio overlooks the ocean and sublime environment of rolling hills and majestic valleys. The new work continues to be a study of forms under transformation, exploring exchanges that are seen and unseen to the eye and exposing moments when one thing becomes another. The subject specifically relates to the changing notions of light in the course of a 24 hour period. Time, movement and observations of the effects of light on the eye are explored within the range of weather patterns ranging from extremely bright coastal days to dense fog and pitch-black nights. The interference of light seen on objects and through the camera lens becomes the focus and is visually recreated using a variety of collaged information such as satin, silk and reflective metallic fabrics layered with ink and acrylic paint on canvas, wood panel and paper. In contrast to the layering of materials, there are tightly drawn areas of patterns, overlapping honey comb-like networks made from observations of light and the dust and pollution left in its path between the eye/camera and the natural/artificial light source. The work takes on a landscape format with a narrative created by a combination of drawing, painting and overall relationship of fabrics.