Cynthia Consentino received her MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her BFA from The Cooper Union College of Arts and Sciences. She is a studio artist in Holyoke, Massachusetts and teaches as adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Holyoke Community College. A recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, American Craft Council, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Berkshire Taconic and The Blanche E. Colman Artist Awards, Consentino has exhibited widely. She has also been a resident artist at the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, La Napoule Foundation, France, and Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan. In 2005 Cynthia completed a tile commission for the John M. Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin. Her artist designed washroom has over 2000 relief and hand painted tile.
Consentino pulls from stranger, deeper narrative elements for ‘Hana Hana’, exploring sensibilities psychologically thrust upon the female in narrative context. As “Hana" loosely translates to “flower” across a wide continuum of western and eastern language, here the female form rests and transforms into its namesake — the artist playing to the typification of the flower as a symbol of gender, fragility and sexuality in a strange hybridity of plant and girl.
Title: Wolf Rabbit Girl
Artist: Cynthia Consentino
Fairytales loom in Consentino’s sculpture, the dark and childlike stories emerging through figurative ceramics that play with metaphor and association. the ‘Wolf Rabbit Girl’ diptych trades body parts to create hybrids, the artist exploring and subverting the notions of gender constructed in these stories for children. The figure with the wolfs head suggests some retroactive continuity of popular folk tales, the fusion subsuming stereotype to present confident and playful postures — and discovering the underlying psychological motifs previously hidden. The forms are stoneware, crafted by hand then coloured with oil and glazes.