Divided Earth
Cynthia Camlin

May 1 - 31, 2014

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, May 1, 2014

Divided Earth is a large composite painting that imaginatively depicts the ice shelf of a marine glacier that is dividing and cracking. For this exhibition, Cynthia Camlin delves further into her investigation of deconstructed ice and snow. Painted with vinyl polymer emulsion, the forms of ice are abstracted geometrically into irregular grids. Rigidity is disrupted by fissures, suggesting depth and movement. For Camlin, the edifice of a marine ice shelf operates on several levels:

“It is a picture of a system, interconnected, web-like, but cracking. It could be ice, or architecture, or the mind. The system, the web of pathways, shifts and adapts to the movement, stretching, reconnecting, slipping, losing hold. Cold outside, warm inside, it is inevitably unstable.” –C.Camlin

Cynthia Camlin’s work is featured in New American Painting no. 109 and in the Whatcom Museum's 2013-14 traveling exhibition, "Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012." She was nominated for a 2013 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant and a 2012 Neddy at Cornish Award in Painting. Camlin received an MFA at the University of Texas at Austin, BA from Duke University, MA from the University of Virginia. She is associate professor at Western Washington University.

Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Howard Barlow
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Cynthia Camlin
Water Fragment 1-10 (detail)
ink, watercolor and vinyl polymer
emulsion on paper, 26" x 48", 2013