The violence of nature and its increasing extremes, arbitrariness and changeability is a constant metaphor for me of the fragility of life. Whether it is natural or man-made or the interaction of the two, I am drawn to address this in my work. My subject matter is a response to the environmental degradation I see and read about while also conveying my deep attachment to this natural environment; it’s ever-changing pattern, color, and shape. This tension between these oppositional forces is important in my work.
In my artmaking I stress recycling – older work, print proofs, and fragments of wood from renovations. Whether as substrates for collages or relief prints the images and objects chosen have symbolic and emotional content, reusing and valuing the past, the forgotten, the unsuccessful.
© Cynthia Back