Cynthia Minden

Artist, Sculptor


Reclamation - New Assemblages,  August 2012 - ongoing

This new work is an assemblage of gathered materials from the margins of wetlands, forest floor and foreshore, intertwined with cast off findings from human civilization. The abandoned cast-off detritus of a crowded world, set amid a jungle of plant life, a flotilla of regrouped bits and pieces.

I am building a library of artifacts drawn from the landscape, woven together in an artful conversation. The linkage of nature and art has always been important for me.

By pairing bone with porcelain, nail with knife and vine, I am looking for multiple meanings, layers of interpretation and a framework for thinking about the relationship between art, society and the environment.

A proliferation of stuff, which can be dispiriting, entwined with the regeneration of nature, which can be hopeful to imagine, these assemblages can be seen as modern fetishes; both poetic meditations and symbolic warnings about the present state of affairs.

“Reclamation”, a new body of work, is a series of three-dimensional assemblages, mounted on wooden panels. Currently there are 24 studies in the series. The studies are numbered, rather than titled and referenced by naming a few materials from each assemblage.

Cynthia Minden, July, 2012

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Long Green with Chain (12”w x 24”h)

Orange Wood with Watch Bundle (20”w x 16”h)

Scapula with Small Wheel (11”w x 14”h)

Small Teeth (11”w x 14”h)

Four Fetishes (20”w x 16”h)

Blue Wood with Old Watch (16”w x 20”h)

Seeds with Metal and Wood (12”w x 24”h)

Three Bundles (18”w x 24”h)

Three plus Three (16”w x 20”h)

Cleft (12”w x 24”h)

Curly Blue (12”w x 24”h)

Metal with Bark Curl & Chain (14”w x 18”h)

Assemblage with Fresh Flower (18”w x 14”h)

Three Bundles with Marbles (18”w x 14”h)

Scissors Nail Stone (24”w x 18”h)

Slinky (14”w x 18”h)

Metal with Woven Bark (14”w x 18”h)

Lock Bone (14”w x 18”h)

Installation shot from the Denman Summer Gallery, August 2012

Treated wood (Duo) (12”w x 35.5”h)

Blue lock, rock, bark (14”w x 18”h)

Circles (14”w x 18”h)

Wasp nest with bark (11”w x 14”h)

Leaves with tin, detail (12”w x 24”h), frame not shown

Bundles, layers (Duo - top) (12”w x 24”h)

Bundles, layers (Duo - bottom - frame not shown) (12”w x 24”h)