Fulbright to India 2014-2015

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Artist Statement

Cynthia Siegel creates figurative work that celebrates our connection to the natural world. She believes that by re-establishing human respect for all flora and fauna, the earth may again find its balance. Siegel reveres the beauty that comes from the passage of time, and the struggle to survive and adapt. Her imagery and process of meditative mark-making are fueled by a love of storytelling, anthropology, anatomical structure, and natural history.

History is the science of facts. Memory is the abstraction of those facts as filtered through time, experience, culture, growth and decay. Sculptures in Siegel’s Drift Series explore the intersection of memory and the figurative form. What if the experience of personal memory was expressed outwardly on the physical body? This work expresses a transformational process influenced by memory, aging, and the integration of emotion and personal history. In her Bristlecone Series, Siegel is inspired by the tenacity of the ancient bristlecone pine trees, which have endured for thousands of years, both because of and despite their fragile environment.


Carving deeply in the clay, figurative sculptor Cynthia Siegel develops a textured skin of imagery that is fueled by a love of storytelling, anthropology and natural history . Siegel exhibits her sculpture, pottery and works on paper nationally and internationally, receiving awards at the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale and the Cheongju International Craft Biennale. Her work is part of many public and private collections, and is included in such publications as Ceramics Today, Ceramic Art and Perception, and 500 Figures in Clay. A 2014-2015 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to India, Siegel has presented lectures and workshops in India, Israel, Taiwan, China, New Zealand, and the U.S. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, her MFA from San Jose State University, and she currently teaches in the ceramics department at Cabrillo College. Siegel lives and works in Santa Cruz, CA.