Cynthia Lahti creates artworks that are visually alluring and curious, despite their overt imperfections and sometimes-humble materials. Inspired by objects and images, both historical and contemporary, her creations reflect her belief that even the smallest artifact can evoke the most powerful feelings. Her art practice, which encompasses drawing, collage, altered books and sculpture, is influenced by human artifacts from ancient times to the present, as well as by personal experiences and emotions.
In 2013 she was awarded the Hallie Ford Fellowship for Artists, the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship in 2015 and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant in 2017. Her artworks are in many collections including the Portland Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Reed College, the Columbia University Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Over 50 of her sculptures and drawings are included in the feature film Showing Up which will be released in the Spring of 2023.
Cynthia Lahti’s profile was originally published in Ceramics Now on August 15, 2011.