Exploiting the camera’s monocular point of view, I draw with charcoal directly onto the surfaces of whitewashed objects and then photograph them to create hybrid images that merge drawn representation with actual objects as a way to examine the illusory nature of photographic truth and perceived reality. Using this same method with a digital camera, the video loop Still Life with Peaches animates a series of photographs taken over a 3-month span to create a fictional cycle of decay and regeneration, meditating on the nature of art and life, and the capacity of time and perception to both conceal and reveal.
Cynthia Greig’s work explores issues of identity and representation, and the unique power of the photographic image to persuade and negotiate what we believe to be real or true. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan in 1995, as well as an MA in art history with additional studies in filmmaking from the University of Iowa, and a BFA in printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited both nationally and abroad, and are held in the public collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Light Work Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and Smith College Museum of Art among others.
Cynthia Greig – Detroit Michigan