Cindi Gaudette, Affiliate AZ

Cindi earned degrees from Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly AIB of Lesley University) in Boston, MA and The Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC. She has also studied at SACI in Florence, Italy.

She currently is residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she has been influenced by the vast open spaces that speak to emptiness and isolation.

Cindi has spent several years traveling in order to research women’s issues. This allows her to discover threads of connection to address the current state of affairs regarding women’s choices about their bodies. 

Cindi has had exhibitions in California, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Washington, DC, Canada, and Italy.

Most recently, she traveled to Ireland to enjoy a month long residency in the Burren where she found inspiration from delving into the concept of identity through place.

My work reveals a confluence of emotions, as I expose painful memories, while at the same time attempt to hide my vulnerabilities. I use materials such as plaster, cheesecloth, and hair to tell my story. I follow my need to engage in small, repetitive gestures that represent an attempt to suppress my unprocessed loss.

Each stitch is a means to connect the present with the longing of an unknown forgotten identity. The physical act of making objects allows me to unearth intuitive connections that transform a deeply submerged sensation of someone or something gone missing. This process has manifested as the accumulation of symbolic objects and scraps of memory as I wrestle with my own anxiety, perceptions, and experiences, which reflect an intense need to connect the missing gaps that occurred through secrecy.

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