This spring, Eye’s Gallery proudly presents the work of critically acclaimed New Mexican artist Cynthia Cook. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cook’s Mexican and Irish heritages inform her spiritually infused, meticulously handcrafted mixed media collage artworks. A pioneer in the use of recycled/re-used materials, Cook addresses her concern for the environment by rejecting mined tin (traditionally used in New Mexican tinwork) in favor of modern food can metal, which is a steel/aluminum/tin alloy. Cook employs the medieval metal-shaping techniques of chasework and repoussé (neither of which make use of molds or heat) to sculpt the repurposed metal into beautiful shrine-like settings for her whimsical pieces.
Cook’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, and is included in the permanent collection of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM. Her work will be on view at the Eye’s Gallery through the end of May.