“We are constantly ingesting stories and images. Imbedded within these are value systems and designations of what is normal and abnormal, good and bad.” - Cynthia Consentino
I have always been interested in what forms our perceptions and values regarding gender, social roles, and art. Everything has impact – the stories we grow up with (fairy tale, religion, family tales), the relationships and values we see enacted around us, the objects we surround ourselves with, and of course the media we consume.
My work utilizes the figure along with references to familiar literary and visual symbols to delve into our collective experience and explore influences. We are constantly ingesting stories and images. Imbedded within these are value systems and designations of what is normal and abnormal, good and bad.
I am interested in stripping things down and reassembling parts from different worlds. By taking what is familiar and making it unfamiliar, exaggerated, or inverted I am able to look more clearly and reconsider the messages that are part of both the original and altered states. I am better able to see incongruities and more subtle associations.