Artist Statement

My interest lies in the tactile and hidden, choosing abstraction to get at the essence of form, color, and material, in order to both question and inhabit felt/perceived experience in an almost diarist confession of emotions, especially loss, desire and humor.

I use oil paint for its sensuous liquid matter in improvised movements of action and restraint, to pour, drip, layer and draw with both palette knives and brushes, allowing the medium's viscous textures to suggest an image.

My aim is to freeze time in its tracks, revisit, revise, and edit, in an ongoing search for that which resonates, whether it be a specific color or shape that triggers my interest. Observation and contemplation are central to my process, along with the medium as the message, accidents, figure-ground, color as form, warp and weave, and linen as skin-raw earth.

Artist Biography

Cynthia Hartling was born in Albany, New York and lives and works in New York City. She received her BFA from Cooper Union, New York and has also studied at the Istituto Statale d'Arte in Urbino, Italy and SUNY, New Paltz