Cinamon Airhart

Cinamon Airhart

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Biography

Cinamon Dorr Airhart grew up in Alabama with parents and grandparents who all worked with their hands—from farming to masonry and construction, painting and woodworking to metal machining. Airhart graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Art from Auburn University in 2006 and spent a decade working in the gallery industry before crossing over to her own studio full-time. Her upbringing, academic training, and professional experience have cultivated a discerning eye for design and craftsmanship. Airhart’s mixed media work is represented in numerous private collections and has been described as ethereal or sublime, blurring lines between photography, drawing and painting.

Process

My subject matter is varied—from ephemeral nature to landscape or architectural scenes, I am fascinated with views that whisper the mystical or spiritual, or simply suggest an imagined narrative or history.

My original photographs are printed on film using archival pigment inks. The inks are transferred by hand onto the panel before layers of acrylic, pastels, oil, wax, and other media are applied. The grid is the result of multiple transfers to a single substrate. It provides a surface disruption, sometimes furthered by crazing in the medium and incongruous areas created during pigment transfer. I experiment with the push and pull of the gridlines. Some lines are accentuated, while others are blended back into the image; some are painted over altogether, while others are left as is.

The photograph is just the starting point for me—through the transfer and creative process, I aim to construct scenes that exist not so much in reality, but rather in dreams, memory or ...

Biography

Cinamon Dorr Airhart grew up in Alabama with parents and grandparents who all worked with their hands—from farming to masonry and construction, painting and woodworking to metal machining. Airhart graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Art from Auburn University in 2006 and spent a decade working in the gallery industry before crossing over to her own studio full-time. Her upbringing, academic training, and professional experience have cultivated a discerning eye for design and craftsmanship. Airhart’s mixed media work is represented in numerous private collections and has been described as ethereal or sublime, blurring lines between photography, drawing and painting.

Process

My subject matter is varied—from ephemeral nature to landscape or architectural scenes, I am fascinated with views that whisper the mystical or spiritual, or simply suggest an imagined narrative or history.

My original photographs are printed on film using archival pigment inks. The inks are transferred by hand onto the panel before layers of acrylic, pastels, oil, wax, and other media are applied. The grid is the result of multiple transfers to a single substrate. It provides a surface disruption, sometimes furthered by crazing in the medium and incongruous areas created during pigment transfer. I experiment with the push and pull of the gridlines. Some lines are accentuated, while others are blended back into the image; some are painted over altogether, while others are left as is.

The photograph is just the starting point for me—through the transfer and creative process, I aim to construct scenes that exist not so much in reality, but rather in dreams, memory or imagination.

Dreamway: Country Road
Dreamway: Country Road
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Dreamway: Afternoon Farm
Dreamway: Afternoon Farm
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Dreamway: Grainger County Barn
Dreamway: Grainger County Barn
  • 6 x 8 x 2 in
Dreamway: Lone Tree (Grainger Co)
Dreamway: Lone Tree (Grainger Co)
  • 6 x 8 x 2 in
Dreamway: Henley Street Bridge
Dreamway: Henley Street Bridge
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  • 6 x 8 x 2 in
Dreamway: L&N Station
Dreamway: L&N Station
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Dreamway: Rail Bridge
Dreamway: Rail Bridge
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  • 6 x 8 x 2 in
Dreamway: September Day's End
Dreamway: September Day's End
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Dreamway: Southbound Gay Street
Dreamway: Southbound Gay Street
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  • 6 x 8 x 2 in
Dreamway: Tennessee Theater II
Dreamway: Tennessee Theater II
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Dreamway: Tennessee Theater
Dreamway: Tennessee Theater
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  • 6 x 8 x 2 in
Dreamway: Tree Swing
Dreamway: Tree Swing
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Dreamway: Union Avenue, One Way
Dreamway: Union Avenue, One Way
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Dreamway: World's Fair Park
Dreamway: World's Fair Park
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Dreamway: Covered Bridge
Dreamway: Covered Bridge
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  • 6 x 8 x 2 in
Dreamway: Garden Shed
Dreamway: Garden Shed
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  • 8 x 6 x 2 in
Dreamway: Winter Tree Swing
Dreamway: Winter Tree Swing
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  • 8 x 6 x 2 in
Pasture and Old Barn
Pasture and Old Barn
  • 20 x 16 in
Grazing
Grazing
  • 20 x 30 in
Hesse Chapel Under Blue Sky
Hesse Chapel Under Blue Sky
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  • 11 x 14 in
Hesse Creek Swell
Hesse Creek Swell
  • 11 x 14 in
Keep Calm and Truffle On II
Keep Calm and Truffle On II
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  • 8 x 16 in
Path to Old Barn
Path to Old Barn
  • 11 x 14 in
Still Standing
Still Standing
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  • 16 x 8 in
Tree Swing IV
Tree Swing IV
  • 18 x 24 in