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Jun 2 2016 - Jun 25 2016
CoCA presents Symptomatic, - on view at CoCA PS35 in Pioneer Square, 106 Cherry Street, Seattle - featuring artworks from Portland artist and 2013 Bonnie Bronson Fellowship awardee, Cynthia Lahti, and internationally exhibited artist and lecturer, Harriet Sanderson. These two artists produce works of art that engage the tensions found in a world that struggles for balance. 

Cynthia Lahti’s art encompasses drawing, collage, and ceramic sculpture combined with found objects in an intentional naïve style that include tossed out toys, glass vases and various types of containers. These upcycled objects such as ribbons and party decorations seem to represent ephemera from a simpler previous era. She then alters, manipulates, and integrates the found materials into the final artwork to expose contradictions that exist within the form while referencing the figure. Some of her forms are in a position of vulnerability or pain, yet also appear to be in a profound state of peace or ecstasy. Lahti’s work retains a strong reference to the real world while expressing the intangible world of emotion.

CoCA is honored to present Harriet Sanderson’s mixed media prints and sculptural installation which embrace the idea that the physical body is the architect of experience and identity. Sanderson has lectured and exhibited sculpture and printmaking within civil rights frameworks around the country. Conceptually, her work unabashedly explores how chronic illness, aging, and disability complicates self-identity. With a background in traditional printmaking, her digital images are constructed in much the same way–she layers scans of her own skin, previous work, and mattress pads, then draws on the surface with pen and ink. Her fragments of photographs, irregular marks and torn pieces of paper combine to create art that transcends cultural stigmas and highlights a proclivity towards beauty, fun and expressive play.

Symptomatic is an exploration of the isolation of the human condition and the alienation engendered by modern society, but also provides artworks that creatively represent a greater empathy for a global civilization and expanding human consciousness.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

  • American
  • Contemporary
  • Culture / Lifestyle
  • Cynthia Lahti
  • Harriet Sanderson

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