Why did you choose those materials? That size?
I choose these materials because they appeal to my creative approach to art. I enjoy the mold-ability of the screen and how light and transparent the material is. Plus, it has a very sturdy and light quality. I am drawn to the cheesecloth because of the vulnerability of the material. Cheesecloth has a quality of gauze and imbues a feeling of healing. The paint, glue and plaster adds texture and a quality of being coated and covered. This adds the depth and vitality to the work.
Why are you making it? Is it an ongoing project?
I have been working on this subject (deterioration of memories) for a long time as it is rooted to my experience of growing up in the shadow of the atomic bomb testing in New Mexico. This has been a common thread throughout my life. Much of my work incorporates the use of shadows so it is important to have lighting that casts shadows. The shadows are imperative to the work and what it should say to the viewer. The project will continue and evolve. I am having a great time and look forward to further artistic adventures.
What artists are you looking at?
I am captivated by Anslem Kiefer because of the texture and materials that he uses in his work. Gerhard Richter because of his ability to use paint and blend it to convey the mystery of memory. I am also enchanted by the work of Christian Boltanski and his use of light to cast shadows and create the intrigue of memory.
Thia Lynn is the West’s new contemporary artist whose work explores themes in the shadows of memory. Growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico she found inspiration in the remnants from the development of the Atomic Bomb at nearby Los Alamos. She describes her paintings, reliefs, sculptures and installations as reflections in the deterioration of the memory. There is healing as well as an eerie power associated in the materials of Thia’s work. The contradicting qualities of the materials utilizing screen, cheesecloth, and the infusion of light show the subtle strengths and vulnerabilities evident in society today.
Thia Lynn is an artist whose works are showcased in GOCA 1420’s Senior Visual Art Exhibition, Ways of Seeing. This is the eleventh annual Senior VAPA Majors art exhibition and runs from 21 April through 13 May 2017. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment. GOCA1420 is located at UCCS Centennial Hall at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, 80918.