Debold's advice to others is to always follow your curiosity, which shown in her sculpture, Imagination. This 10 foot sculpture is part of a collection of "Drought Art" where Debold utilized the negative effects of Texas' long droughts to bring something interesting to life. The stainless steal cage located around the brightly colored tree branch signifies the foundations of knowledge and how this limits us in our belief on what is possible. The open sides reference that our perceptions are easily modified with imagination. In this case, Imagination itself is represented by the warm colors of the branches escaping from the box our mind creates. According to Debold, "This piece was an evolution from my interests in art, psychology, and philosophy." As adults, we tend to not use our imaginations as often as we should. While viewing this sculpture, imagine the branches extending further, disrupting the space, and overtaking the steel box surrounding it.
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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