Artists_06 Cindy Sumner
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Cindy Sumner

Artist Statement

My current work, “Dissections,” is part of an ongoing exploration of non-traditional materials in functional adornment. Ceramic figurines, slabbed into cross section, become the framework for pieces yielding unpredictable organic forms suggestive of both bone and cell. On edge, the original form reveals itself with a sliver of a hand or a face, a nod to the parent material and the body it adorns.

Exhibitions

2018
“Dissections,” Yun Gee Park Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
2014
“Out of the Blue,”Taboo Studio, San Diego, California.
2011
“AbeCeDarian,” Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington.
2010
“Letters + Words” Taboo Studio, San Diego, California.
“Celebrating 70: 70 Years by 70 Artists,” Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington.
2008
“Arte Fresca,” Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington.
2007
“Heart of the Matter,” Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington.
“Dia de los Muertos,” Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
“Pins For Men,” Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington.
2006
“Dia de los Muertos,” Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
“Playful Distractions,” Taboo Studio, San Diego, California.
2005
“Recuerdos, Rememberances,” Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
“Wherefore Art Thou?,” invitational, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
2004
Artist Invitational, (SisterBloc), Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
“Underpants,” invitational, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
“Here I Am,” invitational, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
Artist Invitational, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
2002
“Annual Jewelry Exhibition,” Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
2001
“Re-Visions: Art from Recycled Materials,” Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona.
“Flora,” Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
“Fauna,” Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
“Dia de los Muertos: Annual Invitational Exhibition,” Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
2000
“Annual Jewelry Exhibition,” Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
“Tucson In Space,” Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
“Dia de los Muertos: Annual Invitational Exhibition,” Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
1999
“Annual Jewelry Exhibition,” Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
1997
“Death a Round Trip Ticket,” Central Arts Collective, Tucson, Arizona.
“Art/Wear,” Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona.
1988
“Student Art Exhibition,” University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
“Year of the Undergraduate,” BFA Show, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

Education

1989
BFA Metalsmithing and Jewelry, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
Award of Distinction, Student Art Exhibition, University of Arizona.
Honorable Mention, Student Art Exhibition, University of Arizona.