We had the good fortune of connecting with Cynthia Wierschen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cynthia, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Most people probably don’t realize what it took to produce the artwork that they view or admire. Most people don’t realize also that artist don’t always create with paint. Photographers, clothing and jewelry designers, architects, dancers, musicians are just some of the different types or artist! I define artist as someone who creates an image, unique pattern, structure, sound or visual expression to be enjoyed by the public. An artist work is more than the paint, clay or other medium used to create it. Art begins in the mind and the soul of an artist. It is often conceived from something seen, imagined or experienced.
Each work of art contains the essence of what it’s creator was thinking or feeling at that time.
So, on the canvas, within the sculpture, behind the photograph, with the resonance of a chord there’s a story being told. Not only about who the artist is, but also about ‘what’ they have to say.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The greatest thing about art is that it is never generic, it is as unique as each individual artist! When you see my art, you see me. My works are an extension of who I am, what I think and what I feel.
Looking over this journey that I continue on with my art, I can say that it has not always been easy! Since art is not my ‘vocation’ but an ingrained part of who I am, I cannot give up and walk away from it. So I pick myself up, when disappointments knock me down, and focus my energy into my work. Because the rewards of art outweigh the difficulties of art. Artist are privileged to have a visual platform that allows them to express themselves in creative ways, with the potential of an extensive audience to ‘see’ our expressions! One of the greatest lessons that I’ve learned so far is that fame and fortune do not walk hand in hand! I’ve had some fame and I’ve had some fortune. But their visits were far apart!
One of my proudest moments as an artist was having my sculptures exhibited in a museum and being present to discuss and answer questions about my works, with the hundreds of visitors who came for this event. That day was one of the highest points of my artful journey. That achievement and recognition was my ‘Oscar’ award! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my family, for giving me the love and support to be an artist! And to all of the people who’ve admired my work on display, who have purchased my art and who’s continued interest in my works compel me to continue to create, “thank you”!