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Artist ID: 2247

Ever since I can remember I’ve been interested in houses. I grew up in a typical, economically designed Mid-Century tri-level house at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. I remember the house rising out of the dusty high desert ground onto a concrete foundation and sprouting a wooden skeleton that rose two stories into the clear dry Colorado air that was then capped with gray asphalt shingles and clad in horizontal siding painted yellow. Our family of five moved in just before I started Kindergarten and the sixth member of the family arrived shortly thereafter. The house eventually sheltered ten of us in its ever shrinking and claustrophobic spaces. It was the house in which my mother went mad, and my father escaped from to work twenty-four hour shifts at the fire department and to moonlight at odd jobs on his days off.

I’m interested in how houses and buildings are a refuge from the world and sometimes a torture chamber to be escaped from. I’m interested in why some buildings are so unpleasant and some, so inviting. I’m interested in the social identity and social status we derive from our structures and the stuff inside them. I’m interested in the disposable nature of buildings in the United States. I’m interested in the entropy that often happens to the physical structure. I’m interested in the “ghosts of the house” that linger in the minds of the occupants long after they have moved on to other places. I’m interested in how people live their lives when out of the public eye and what goes on in their heads when the garage door slides to a close at the end of the day and no one is watching.

Bio - Artist Cynthia Wagner
Cynthia is a graduate of Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, holding a BFA in Painting, with minors in Art History and Anthropology as well as an AS in Visual Communications/Photography from Ivy Tech Community College. She spent ten years as a wedding photographer with a specialty in South Asian weddings capturing memories for clients all over the United States before she returned to the studio to engage in digital collage, painting and mixed media art making. Cynthia is a Colorado born native and currently making art in her studio at the historic Lowe Mill in the beautiful Tennessee Valley city of Huntsville, Alabama.

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