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 Cynthia Samuelson  Biography

“My work has been a search for a creative medium that would give me the greatest latitude to explore design, color, texture, negative space and a wide range of subjects,” says Cynthia Samuelson, explaining how she came to work in the unconventional medium of painting on shaped paper maché. What she set out to do was break two major restrictions of traditional painting, the flat surface and the rectangle. She exploits the recycled newspapers in the paper mache surface for pattern, color, gray times, line and even text, but blends in realism for balance. “I counter this non-traditional surface with painterly realism, to find my expression,” she says.

Samuelson attended Carnegie-Mellon University, where she majored in fine arts, and then the University of Wisconsin, where she earned her degree in fine art. She also attended the New School in New York City and DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, Massachusetts.




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