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The Ethics of Ambiguity (32) - Platonic Ideal and the Object of Art Collage

Cynthia Grow

Collage, Acrylic on Paper

Size: 12 W x 9 H x 0.1 D in

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This series of works is wordplay on Simone de Beauvoir's book, 'The Ethics of Ambiguity,' in which she forces the reader to face the absurdity of the human condition by developing a dialectic of ambiguity which will enable him not to master chaos, but to create with it. I want to take something ordinary – here, a vintage philosophy book, and deflect our perception of it. By obscuring the original text of the book pages then writing random, suggestive words and phrases – excerpts from the partially concealed text – on the dried paint, I pose a question of what is visible, what is not visible, what is perceptible, what is imperceptible. I prefer to play on the idea of ambiguity. The liminal, the spaces in between. Of the absent or hidden, the imperceptible, the unspoken – the things felt but unseen. What are the aspects we don’t see when we look at an object—aspects present nonetheless? For example, text by its very nature refers to images that we cannot see, that are not there, but that we can imagine when we read a book. I am interested in presenting the absence rather than the content and leaving it to the viewer to fill those gaps with his own knowledge, history, and imagination. Appropriating a pre-existing text and obscuring the original document serves to act as a mirror for the ideas, needs, and desires of the viewer.

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Collage:Acrylic on Paper

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Size:12 W x 9 H x 0.1 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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