Deep Seeing; 30" x 40"; Acrylic On Canvas; © C.C. Cunningham
Made In The USA; 12" x 12"; Acrylic/Metal On Panel; © C.C. Cunningham
The artist C.C. Cunningham pegs mark-making as a primal urge. Facing the blank substrate on which her work is built, she luxuriates in the raw physicality of manipulating paint, texture (including red Oklahoma clay, southwest desert sand and found objects) and various marking tools as she scrapes, scratches, layers and glazes to reveal and veil figures, symbols and words.
Growing up in eastern Oklahoma and imprinted as a youngster by an environment that provided an abundance of natural materials for her such as the local red clay used in creating small sculptures and moss, twigs and pebbles used in dioramas of pastoral scenes. From Oklahoma, her life’s journeys have taken her to Denver, Colorado, then Las Cruces, New Mexico with returns to Denver followed by Las Cruces. Every waystation has provided materials and informed her work.
Cunningham’s exhibit, Marking Time Making Marks, consists of more than sixty artworks and honors a milestone year, recording a pivotal period of time and the continuing evolution of her art. In addition to this latest exhibit, Cunningham has a lengthy and consistent exhibition history in venues throughout New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Texas. Her work resides in public and private collections.
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