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Love Letters - George Farquhar to Anne Oldfield [1699?] Collage

Cynthia Grow

Collage, Paint on Canvas

Size: 12 W x 9 H x 0.7 D in

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Collection of love letters written by historical figures and famous lovers throughout the ages. The phrases of the hand-written pieces correspond to loving, passionate, sometimes humorous excerpts from each letter, the text partially obscured by paint ground. In these pieces, I appropriate a pre-existing text, here letters, and obscure the original document which serves to act as a mirror for the ideas, needs, and desires of the viewer. The idea of covering is twofold: First, simply, that these are private letters. Intimate thoughts and words, often delivered in secret, hidden, intended only for two people, and their eyes alone. Secondly, the hidden words act as a metaphor for the subconscious – an awareness and the thoughts that exist just under the surface, almost out of reach, barely perceptible. The unspoken that I believe exists in us all. As the words are concealed and the paint eventually dries, small, seemingly trivial details – random words and phrases emerge, as if bubbling from the subconscious, while the larger picture and context are erased. Certainly, this work is about human emotion — the spectrum from love to hate, or indifference rather, and all the messiness in-between. While these pieces may seem simple in execution, the concept runs deeper. I take much time pondering, searching for just the correct phrase to write on the finished piece. It must resonate with me. If not initially, then after I obliterate the text. The words often find me. The paint, which resembles Rorschach inkblots, forms a ground from which I tease out words. I purposely scribble, giving the work a dashed-off quality, another metaphor for emotion. For me, anything "too perfect," too calligraphic would just be robotic and negate the feeling. Beauty in imperfection. The pieces become a palimpsest of sorts, subverting and transforming language, creating a new form.

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Size:12 W x 9 H x 0.7 D in

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Cynthia Grow is a visual artist whose work explores the interstices between art and language. For nearly two decades, she has lived and worked between the U.S., Italy, and Spain (Catalunya). She is now based in her native Florida, working between there and extended periods in Barcelona. Influenced by her studies in literature, she works alternately between abstract paintings and text-based conceptual works on paper. She harnesses the same sources of inspiration for both – language and memory – and achieves an overall aesthetic signature marked by strong senses of mood, poetry, and atmosphere. Cynthia studied painting at Accademia d’Arte in Florence, Italy and has completed projects at residencies throughout Italy and Spain, as well as seminars at New York Studio School, National Academy School of Fine Art, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In addition to studio training, she completed a Graduate Certificate program in Modern and Contemporary Art, Connoisseurship, & the Art Market at Christie's Education New York and holds a Master's degree with a concentration in Modern Arts & Literature. Cynthia has exhibited works in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami as well as galleries and cultural centers in Europe including Florence, Venice, Rome, Milan, Madrid, and Barcelona. Her work has been featured in prizes, publications, and exhibitions across both continents. Please visit my website ( and follow me on Instagram (@cynthiagrow_) for latest news, events, and a glimpse inside my studio and artistic process. Thank you for looking at my work! **Please Scroll Down to bottom of page to the Collections/Artist Series Tab to sort my work by Series.**

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