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Meet Cynae

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cynae.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Boston. I attended UMICH and I started out wanting to be a lawyer, but then I started doodling and never stopped. For me, there is freedom in things that cannot be undone. Creation is born out of permanent marks and mistakes. I read, I watch, I listen. I apply that which I consume onto the paper and enjoy the adventure of navigating the chaos of a committed line. This type of drawing has become a spiritual practice for me, allowing me to speak to myself by passing language. I am as surprised by the content as anyone else. Sometimes, the images don’t wait for me to understand them before they come. In many ways I am only a conduit. Some of the artists that I am constantly inspired by include Laurie Lipton, Robert Fludd and Junji Ito, W.A.K., Martin Wittfooth, William Blake and anyone from the Lowbrow/Pop Surrealist movement

Please tell us about your art.
When I put pen to paper, I participate in a kind of self-exorcism.  I draw to purify my mind and give myself perspective.  I actively use my art to understand my thoughts and my actions.  I draw to organize my many scattered thoughts, and to make sense of the bombardment of symbols, commercials, and experiences. When I am not purging myself through drawing, I love to do research and consume information.  I am an avid reader and I love to watch documentaries, listen to podcasts and filter through my files of photos and memories to examine connection and narrative. Once I have a spark I go directly on to the paper and draw until I am drained.  A lot of my work is about taking notes in pictures rather than words.  If I make what I feel is a mistake, I keep going with it.   Mistakes usually spark another idea that I follow until I am no longer interested. There are no underdrawings or revisions. I work with Micron Pens and Sumi Ink to create a detailed stream of consciousness brain maps. The effect of this process mixed with unfiltered imagination is a magical hypnotic world filled with a variety of characters and situations ranging from the chaotic to the coy, the ribald to the sacred. The drawings morph about themselves drowning in a universe of ancient and contemporary symbolism that becomes a literal bombardment of information which physically, intellectually, and emotionally connects itself to itself. Recently, I have been scanning these drawings and laser cutting them into different materials to produce a variety of different experiences.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
If I had any advice it would be to pay attention to things that are not art related. I force myself to watch documentaries and read books and articles that have nothing to do with the art world. I think it keeps me grounded and inspired. The more I stay out of the “art bubble” the more creative I feel.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I recently launched a campaign to raise money for a three-month residency at the prestigious Vermont Studio Center. Please support my initiative at:–4/x/19125664#/

I will be launching a website soon. Until then, pictures of my work are available online at:

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Image Credit:

Zoe Lober, Ralph Robinson, Alberto Checa

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