'Owl, Cross and Mountains', Cynthia Girard

Painting dominated by the colour pink showing an owl sat on a cross by an easel with mountains in the background

Acrylic on canvas, 153 x 153cm, 2005

Artist's statement

My work’s concern is the crossing of 'high art' with folk art. My aim is to bring together the purely visual with the anecdotic. My paintings play with the viewer’s perception of space and loose narratives. I use different pictorial modes on the same plane, supplanting the confinement of visual art hierarchy. I am equally as interested in women’s crafts, such as quilting, as I am in art forms which interact with our visual perceptions, such as Op-Art and Hard-Edge.

'Owl, Cross and Mountains' depicts different visual languages, like a scrapbook, or a collage. On the same pink background a strange world made of ambiguous spaces and wildlife exists.


Cynthia Girard was born in Montreal in 1969. She studied at UQAM Montreal 1992-95 and Goldsmiths College London 1997-98. She was included in Histoires des Amériques Musée d’Art contemporain de Montréal Montreal 2004 and her solo exhibitions include Le Pavillon du Québec. Premier volet : de 1940 ã� nos jours SKOL Centre des arts actuels Montréal 2001, Cynthia Girard 511 Gallery New York 2003, Fictions sylvestres Musée d’Art contemporain de Montréal Montreal 2005 and Locked Up Space London 2006.