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Cindy Phenix

Cindy Phenix

Cindy Phenix
Entre discours et divan, 2018
Maison de la culture de Longueuil
Longueuil, Canada

Cindy Phenix
At Ease in Trouble, 2017
Peinture à l’huile et pastel sur toile de lin
Oil paint and pastel on linen
50″ x 61,5″

Cindy Phenix
We Don’t Really Talk, 2017
Huile et pastel sur lin
Oil and pastel on linen
121,92 x 152,4 cm (48” x 60”)

Artist Statement

Cindy Phenix’s work focuses on the relationship between the public and private spheres. She explores the various norms that govern them, the dynamic of their coexistence, the power relations they are the site of and the emotions they trigger. To this end, the artist creates complex scenes that convey powerful narrative and affective movements.

Phenix draws her inspiration from participation/discussion groups that she organizes and leads. Through collaborative projects and shared experiences, these groups aim to raise awareness of feminine experience. At first, the women are led to interact with artworks, to take part in games and to position their bodies in installations created by the artist. They are then invited to share anecdotes and reflections as part of the discussions that Phenix guides. The bodily performances and stories shared in the process serve as fertile analysis ground for the artist who reinterprets them in her compositions.

Cindy Phenix’s paintings generate a palpable formal tension. Some surfaces are made up of gestural and abstract impastos, while others—left untouched—reveal the raw potential of the canvass. Painted zones are juxtaposed with drawn lines and take us into paradoxical spaces. Many characters, depicted in transformed complexions and bodies, interact here. The ambitious and ambiguous displays and the broad spectrum of techniques that Phenix puts to the task give rise to a dazzling emotional charge.

Cindy Phenix
Polymorphism of Power, 2017
Huile et pastel sur toile
Oil and pastel on canvas
182,88 x 243,84 cm (72” x 96”)

Cindy Phenix
The Woman Missing in the Mirror, 2017
Huile et pastel sur lin
Oil and pastel on linen
157,48 x 127 cm (62” x 50”)

Cindy Phenix
What Is Happening in Men’s Bathroom, 2017
Huile et pastel sur toile
Oil and pastel on canvas
91,44 x 121,92 cm (36” x 48”)

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