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Alternate view and detail below (detail photo by Sharmila Seth)
Sandra Cinto is known for her large-scale, dramatic scenarios incorporating water, the night sky and billowing seas. Japanese ukiyo-e prints and Hokusai’s iconic The Great Wave off Kanagawa have long served as an inspiration to her, as has European Romanticism, particularly Géricault’s painting The Raft of the Medusa, which depicts a famous sea disaster.
In her past work she has drawn freehand line by line with silver ink on dark blue backgrounds. During her recent residency at Graphicstudio, she employed a similiar method by creating an original line drawing to produce the cyanotype, Open Sea.
The title of Chance and Necessity references a concept taken from Zen Buddhist thought. During the summer of 2015, Cinto was in residence at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre in Aomori, Japan, where she began an investigation that is continued in Chance and Necessity. She states, “... it seems that I found the water that I have so long sought to graphically represent.”
Untitled, The Italian alabaster sculpture, was hand carved from a single piece of stone referencing a life cast of the artists arm and hand. The alabaster is a solid material yet translucent white where light can pass through the stone almost illuminating from within. The custom made base uses traditional woodworking joinery from walnut hardwood with hand rubbed oil and wax.
Sandra Cinto (Santo André, Brazil, 1968) lives and works in São Paulo. She works in a wide range of media, including ink drawings on paper, large-scale drawings on canvas, and installations and public projects. Since the early 1990s, Cinto has presented her work at museums and institutions worldwide. Solo exhibitions include CAAM Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in Madrid, Spain (2014); Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2011); and Instituto Tomie Ohtake in São Paulo (2010). Notable public projects and commissions include One Day, After the Rain, commissioned by The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. (2012-2013), Encounter of Waters at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Park Pavilion (2012-2014), and A Casa das Fontes (The House of Fountains), an installation conceived for Casa do Sertanista in São Paulo in 2013.
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