Cynthia Back (US)
Cynthia Back is an American Artist. Living in the countryside, she is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, which she then translates into her woodcut prints. Her focus on nature reflects her deep passion and admiration for it.
In Back’s creations, the love for the natural elements is brought to the observers’ focus through the use of bright colors. Back creates exuberant patterns taking notice of every rock, every leaf, every cloud. These prints perfectly imitate immersion in landscape. With her pieces, through slight abstraction and design, she pictures wildlife in its different auras, through seasons and changes in weather. With this exploration, she touches upon important subjects; such as human’s impact on nature and climate change.
Printmaking enables Back to contrast shapes and colors through various processes. In each of her prints, she uses “10 to 25 colors, in opaque and transparent form”, leading the print to acquire “a physicality of layers” (Back, 2019). When printing, she only uses one single print block. This means she carves only one block, carving over images that have already been printed, and uses it for many layers and colors. This is called a reduction print. This results in the interesting color layering observed in the works.
Ruin #2: Setting Sun Ruin #4: Cloudy Day