Cynthia Rand-Thompson, fine artist

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Artist Bio

Cynthia Rand-Thompson is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in the Monterey Bay area of California. She received a BFA from San Jose State University and works primarily in metal, painting and printmaking. She has lived in Los Angeles and Big Sur, and currently resides near Watsonville.

Artist Statement

As a professional artist, I am always seeking new ways to express ideas and images. The election of 2016 compelled me to jump into printmaking. Somehow, an internal switch went off, and I felt a renewed urgency about the need for social change–and I knew sculpture and painting were perhaps not ideal platforms for broadcasting such a message.

Beyond the political impetus, there is a range of imagery I work with, some personal and narrative, some more abstract. Much of my work has to do with identity, and where one fits. “Who is a real American?”, “When is one just an American, and not a hyphenate?” these questions have been an ongoing undercurrent in my work, for more than 20 years.

Change in the weather

Speaking of politics and climate, over the past few years, I have made a gradual, but now complete move away from large scale metal sculptures and toward more intimate, small scale metal and art jewelry pieces.

Believe me when I say that I could go on and on about how I made the decision, and why it’s a good one. Suffice it to say, the required equipage and climactic expense of large scale metal sculptures made me rethink my approach. In 2020, it is actually possible to create fine jewelry utilizing only recycled or fair mined metals. Further, by knowing where ones stones come from, and buying only from reputable sources, an artist can create treasures for adorning oneself or ones space, with minimal planetary impact. Read more here.

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