Cindy Phenix

Region: Midwest


City / State: Chicago, IL

 Cindy Phenix works across a multitude of mediums, including painting, drawing, and sculpture, utilizing a reciprocity of abstraction and figuration to convey complex narratives aimed to deconstruct the hierarchical power structures that govern society and social conduct. Navigating the tenuous relationship between the public and private, Phenix’s subject matter is regularly informed by participatory discussions through which the artist explores and brings awareness to shared experiences. Phenix’s works develop these discussions further by prompting viewers to freely associate meaning from fragmented figuration, intentional ambiguity, and untouched raw materials. Relationships between Phenix’s figures shift effortlessly from contentious to caring in accordance with varied personal perspectives. Monstrous characters, with mutable bodies undefined by gender, appear throughout Phenix’s compositions in defiance of socially constructed systems of power that have historically limited society. Appearing to piece themselves together from aggregated paint gestures, these monsters become figures of power and personal freedom through their abjection.