Cracked Prospects
Cynthia Camlin

February 7 - March 2, 2013

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, February 7, 2013

A picture of global calamity: a life support system, interconnected, web-like, erected on a sheet of ice, and that sheet of ice is cracking. The web clings to the floes and moving sheets, stretching, losing hold, as fragments shift, bob, flip and the water rises.

This a picture of the mind too, its fluid pathways and calcified deposits, its worn out clichés and prejudice, its continual slippage, and the jostling, jangling influx of new information.

In the paintings of Cracked Prospects, figures of the picturesque – the remote landscape, the broad vista, moments of luminous transparency – are broken and abstracted: they refuse to reassure. One thinks of the line from Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez: "the floes were like random, silent pieces of the earth."

Cynthia Camlin's work is landscape-based, often referring to ice sheet collapse and glacial melt, but also to geological and mathematical pattern and biological growth and decay. Using drawing and painting media, the work interprets geological and environmental change with abstract form and visual metaphor.

Camlin is currently an associate professor of painting and drawing at Western Washington University. Recent exhibitions include 10th Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum, the 2012 Neddy at Cornish Exhibition at Cornish College of the Arts, and Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment at Western Washington University's Western Gallery, the Hallie Ford Museum in Oregon and the Boise Museum of Art.


Subglacial 1
watercolor on paper, 15” x 22.5”, 2012

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