In her latest series of abstract paintings, Cyncie Winter focuses on the intertwining themes of Source and Surface. Asking the question, “What Is Wanting to Express Itself?”, she follows the intuitive impulse that awaits the action of painting, including gesture, color, line, shape or form—trying not to control what emerges from the marriage of paint on the surface of the canvas—but rather to allow whatever is calling to surface.
Paul Klee, the famous painter, describes the process this way: “Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.” In this kind of space, a soulful dialogue between the painter and the painting emerges, which honors the ultimate luminosity of the creative act.
The purpose of her abstract paintings then is to bring Source to the Surface of the canvas in a myriad of forms that are open to individual interpretation. For instance, one might see water coming to the surface from a wellspring, vital earth energy rising to bring a plant to life, wings unfolding from a chrysalis to rejoice in flight. All interpretations are valid and vital, for it is the viewer that brings meaning to the art. In the end, in this complex and wondrous way, the viewer can then become a kind of canvas—the Surface— upon which Source is imprinted, infusing the painting with individual meaning and story.
Image attached: Cyncie Winter, The Thirsty Well, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 36”