Cynthia Ona Innis

September 7 – November 1, 2014

Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings and works on paper by Bay Area artist Cynthia Ona Innis. This will be her first solo show with Traywick Contemporary.

In her latest body of work Cynthia Ona Innis explores environmental transitions and shifting terrains above and below the surface, from the geysers of Iceland to the fault lines of our own Eastern Sierras. Icy Nordic lakes and the scorched deserts of California become ethereal abstractions, investigating the power and possibilities of an environment that is constantly evolving. Her physical manipulation of materials, combined with surging biomorphic images, mirror the fluid transitions found in nature.

The artist stains satin, silk, velvet, and other textured and metallic fabrics with ink and acrylic paint, cutting them into strips and layering them on the canvas, wood panel, or paper. In some places the forms are dense and saturated, while in others the pigment bleeds and splashes. A final layer of acrylic varnish seamlessly integrates the layered materials into a continuous surface. The effect is a striated landscape of collage resembling the geologically dynamic locales the artist has observed over the course of her travels. Suspending the fleeting moment when one thing becomes another, Innis’ work captures the fluidity of time, light, motion, and weather.

Cynthia Ona Innis has exhibited her work extensively throughout the Bay Area and internationally since receiving her MFA from Rutgers University in 1994. Her exhibition history includes shows at the The Drawing Center, NY; Skidmore College, NY; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, CA. In 2013, she was an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Her work is included in notable public collections such as the San Jose Museum, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State in Riga, Latvia.

Cynthia Ona Innis, Reykjanes, 2014
Acrylic and fabric on wood panel, 24 x 30″

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