St. Petersburg, Florida
BFA (2003) Ringling College of Art + Design
Our next featured MFA Grad is Cynthia Mason. Mason received her BFA from Ringling College of Art + Design and is the recipient of a Florida Artist Enhancement Grant. She may have roots in South Florida, but she may soon find herself in a colder, Northerly climate. She has been chosen for artist residences at Jentel, Banner WY and the School of Visual Arts, NY. Here is an artist statement from Mason:
Cindy Mason, a visual artist, uses installation, painting and sculpture to create coded systems of power and structure existing on the fringes of reality. Her interest lies in exploiting the contradiction between what we know to be there and what we actually see. Materials such as paint, hair, paper towels, pins, wood, hot glue, 24.75k gold leaf, aluminum foil and porcelain become explorations of societal value systems. Mason uses painted surfaces to mask what is below, like faux facades hiding what is secret or hidden beneath. Her work is an investigation into the hidden classifications of power, and the ambiguous yet regulated framework of our visual environment.
If you have a free hour or two, stop by the USFCAM and check out the Sand in the Vacuum exhibition. But, you’ll have to hurry! The show closes tomorrow, May 5th. Catch it while you can! If you can’t make it before the show closes, you can find more work from Cynthia Mason on her website: cynthiamason.com.