Cynthia V. Smith ... Artist Statement & Bio
"My earliest art heroes were sculptor Gaston Lachaise and painter Salvador Dali. A lifelong athlete, I have always found the human figure an endless source of inspiration, with its landscapes of flesh and bone and nuances of gesture. I am also drawn to the myriad posibilites that can be achieved through the simple manipulation of reality, form and space. For me, sculpture is a visual journey over the curves, angles and surfaces of a three-dimensional object. The images that I create are a marriage of my sculptural aesthetic and the ideas of an imagination that is inquisitive, convoluted, fanciful and, at times, mischievous. I try to present the viewer with a frozen moment in time that leads to conjecture about what came before and what is to follow." C.V.S.
Maine artist Cynthia Smith received her B.S. in Art Education from the University of Maine in 1969 and her Master's from the University of Southern Connecticut in 1978. She taught high school art for 35 years - 16 years in Fairfield, Connecticut and 19 years in Gorham, Maine. She began to focus on sculpture after moving to Maine in 1985 and works primarily in
bronze, wood, stone, clay, and plaster. Cynthia currently shows her artwork at the Saltwater Artists Gallery on Pemaquid Point in New Harbor, the River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta, the Boothbay Region Art Foundation Gallery in Boothbay Harbor, and the Yarmouth Art Festival. She is also an artist member of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland. Cynthia's sculptures have also been shown at Maine College of Art, as well as at the University of Southern Maine in the Retinal Delight series and at the Turner Center for the Arts, including the 2008 New England Artists' Exhibition. In 2011 Cynthia took part in "The Jar Project" exhibition at The Whitney Art Works Gallery in Portland and at the Spring Gallery in Belgrade Lakes. In 2014 Cynthia's wood sculpture 'Tradition' was juried into the Maine Wood Biennial at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport.
**For insights into the conception and creation of the artwork of Cynthia Smith click onto her blog, 'Meanderings of a Maine Artist'.
Cynthia also illustrated the book A Swift River Anthology in collaboration with Massachusetts playwright Dorothy Johnson. It is a collection of short vignettes about fictional characters affected in various ways by the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts in the 1930's. (See the 'More' section of this website for additional information.)
- Pouring bronze at MECA -
CYNTHIA V. SMITH