CYNTHIA DINAN-MITCHELL

BIOGRAPHY

(1977 - )

 

My work plays with a deformed and perverted notion of interior decoration.  I create excessive and saturated installations as a way to transform the gallery space.  These thematically-driven decors are pastiche and surreal environments that reference the home, theatrical settings and store displays.

Everything is handmade - from the wallpaper to the drawings, ceramics, sculpture, and the framed artwork.  I purposefully blur the distinction between the setting and the works of art. The whole installation becomes the context and the art; however, each singular object is created as an autonomous piece. To help create a unity between the disparate parts, I often use formal elements such as a dominant colour or a repeated pattern, much like one might do to unify the decor of a room.

Western wasabi

Western wasabi, 2012

Through this work, I question and/or parody notions such as ornamentation, beauty, taste, gender and hierarchy. Moreover I explore the complexity between what is considered the home and the art world, as well as the relationship between the private and the public spheres. 

 

Video interview: ratsdeville@québec ~ Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell

 

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