It all started with Cindy Debold wanting to signify positive and negative emotions in her work. Inspired by ancient cave painters and their ability to communicate through simple cave drawings, Debold began to create stainless steel figures to represent such. Eventually, after much deliberation, she chose to only make art that inspired a pleasant feeling in herself and others and remove the negative emotions represented in her work. The stainless steel silver is meant to emote the happy feeling radiating out on to others and reflecting that within ourselves. In the sunlight, one can feel those rays of happiness radiate off of the 3 foot sculpture. When viewing the piece, think about what brings you glee in your life. Debold finds her glee in learning new things, solving challenges in her work, hiking, growing plants from seeds, and laughing with friends & family.
Cindy Debold knew by the age of 8 that she always wanted to be an artist. Graduating from the Art Center College of Design in California, she found herself taking any workshop she could get her hands on. Eventually taking a sculpture workshop at the Elizabeth New Conservatory, she found her true calling. Capturing emotion within her work is very important to Cindy, whether it be through her portrait busts and abstract sculptures. One memorable project Cindy had was the pleasure of casting the face of Barbara Jordan, who was a prominent leader in the Civil Rights movement, as well the first African American elected to the Texas Senate & first African-American woman elected to the United Stated House of Representatives for the South. Cindy recalls Barbara coming to her downtown studio for Cindy’s Ten Movers and Shakers of Austin project and being in awe of her presence and voice. Priding herself on her new ideas in art, Cindy invented and received patents on the device ‘Compose-It-Grid’ to help artists quickly sketch the composition of a landscapes and staged scenes. She later sold the company to give herself more time to focus on her passion: creating art. The ever-evolving Cindy Debold now finds herself working on Surface Pattern Designs for fabric and ceramics. You can find more pieces by Cindy Debold at the Eisenhower Building in Washington D.C. where she created a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. for a year long exhibit showcasing the history of Civil Rights.
You can find more information on Cindy and her work at her website here: https://cindydebold.com/
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