London artist Cynthia Mac (Mackenzie) is a walking contradiction so it’s not surprising that opposites and duality are the motivations behind her acrylic and mixed media paintings. Like a ride on a park swing with its opposing backs and forths, the exhilaration lies in the movement between the two points. Cynthia’s work is that journey.
Utilizing abstraction, she explores paradox and conflict in one of two ways. On one end of the spectrum she creates pieces with bold, vibrant colour, controlled line and defined shape. These works feel graphic and uncomplicated and are reminiscent of the mid-century modern era. On the other end, using a palette of rich earthy browns, cool shades of grey and contrasting blacks and whites, she thrusts, smears and blends the paint adding layers and texture for pieces that feel raw, gritty and industrial.
On a personal level, Cynthia despises elitism, believes boundaries are made to be broken and that curiosity is the zest of life. Born in Steel City (Hamilton, On), Cynthia has also resided in Nova Scotia and Ottawa. Her favourite quote: “Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open.” ~ Thomas Dewar