Cynthia Lahti: Selected works, 2022
I grew up in Portland Oregon and have always been excited by the emotional intensity and depth of the artwork created there. I come from a creative family, my parents both embodied the fierce spirit necessary to thrive in this land. In their three daughters they encouraged an excitement and curiosity for making things, as well as a thirst for knowledge. The wild environments of Oregon became my second home, as family explorations took us all over the state. These experiences of being in nature influence me to this day, I feel a strong connection to the land and the truths it contains.
I have spent my entire life creating powerful works of art. Encompassing drawing, collage, altering books and ceramic sculpture, my art is influenced by human artifacts from ancient times to the present, as well as by personal experiences. The belief that even the smallest artifact can evoke the most powerful feelings is central to everything I make, drawing inspiration from objects and images, both historical and contemporary, that have the potential to reflect beyond themselves. I seek to force a deeper explanation of reality, to facilitate a connection with a larger human experience by examining the beauty and chaos of the world.
My goal is always to express the depth and complexities of what it is to be a human being, living inside a human body. Human experience is both tragedy and comedy, alive with deeply felt desires and expectations that may or may not be fulfilled. Life constantly teeters between hope and dismay, pride and shame, beauty and ugliness. My work—in content and form—explores the discrepancy between surface and substance, expectation and outcome. I push the expressive possibilities of overt imperfections and sometimes humble materials. Bodily proportions follow their own expressive needs. Marks and glazes do not shy from smudges, cracks, blisters. I have developed a practice of art making that not only embraces error and chance, but is, moreover, unusually at ease with itself. The cracks and crumples in my artworks are, if somewhat ironically, an expression of a deep self-assurance in my artistic process.
- The Black Suit, 2022, ceramic on wood base 14″ x 5″ x 5″
- Black Bow Shoes, 2022, ceramic on wood base, 5½”, x 7¼” x 19”
- Cross Leg, 2022, ceramic, 8” x 11” x 8”
- Girl with Bunny, 2022, ceramic on wood base 20” x 7” x 6”
- Pinky Green, 2022, ceramic on wood base 15“ x 8“ x 10“
- Purple Coat, 2022, ceramic on wood base, 20” x 6” x 7”
- Purple Tummy, 2022, ceramic, 8” x 5” x 3”
- Smoke, 2022, ceramic, 18” x 7” x 7”
- The Blue Hand, 2022, ceramic on wood base, 16” x 7” x 5”
- The Daves, 2022, Ceramic on wood base, 21” x 22” x 7”,
- The Green Coat, 2022 ceramic, 13” x 9” x 8”
- Touching Fingers, 2022, ceramic, 10” x 7” x 5”
- TWA Twins, 2022, ceramic on wood base, 19” x 12” x 7”
- Yellow Collar, 2022 ceramic 13” x 11” x 10”
- Yellow Hand, 2022, ceramic, 16” x 7” x 5”
- Yellow Undress, 2022, ceramic on wood base 17” x 8” x 6”