40 Beech St.
Port Chester, NY 10573
Description: Clay Art Center is proud to present "Reconfigurations," featuring the ceramic sculptures and drawings of Cynthia Consentino. About her work, Cynthia states, "'Reconfigurations' investigates past representations of the female in art, particularly the ceramics figurine. Alterations and reconfigurations subvert and expand upon the originals' ideas of gender. By stripping down, inverting and reassembling the familiar, we can look anew and better see what we consume. Concepts of beauty, art, and worth are interconnected with our ideas of gender. What we consume in our cultural soup of arts and media both forms and reflects our beliefs. Whether it is fine art sculpture, the decorative knick-knack, fairy tales, or religious stories, to name a few 'art' sources in this exhibit, associations between good and bad, valuable and worthless, female and male are delineated.
My work utilizes the figure along with references to familiar literary and visual symbols to delve into our collective experience and explore influences. The ubiquitous figurine offers an expose on our ideas of art itself, never mind gender. What is depicted, what is collectible, and who is doing the collecting are some of the first questions that arise. The figurine, as visual condensations or snapshots of the values and dreams, past glories and fantasies of our culture, is particularly suited to a study of gender in art."
Cynthia Consentino received her MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her BFA from The Cooper Union College of Arts and Sciences. She is a studio artist in Holyoke, Massachusetts and teaches as adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Holyoke Community College. A recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, American Craft Council, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Berkshire Taconic, and The Blanche E. Colman Artist Awards, Consentino has exhibited widely. She has also been a resident artist at the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, La Napoule Foundation, France, and Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan. In 2005 Cynthia completed a tile commission for the John M. Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin. Her artist-designed washroom has over 2000 relief and hand painted tiles.
Clay Art Center is a not-for-profit ceramic art organization offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community. It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Gallery and SHOP hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am-4pm or by appointment. On view through Oct. 19.