A tongue-in-cheek show of Cynthia's recent work using pressed plants arranged as hybrids and grafts in the form of loose pages from a herbarium bundle and inspired by the botanic herbarium collections at the Paris Botanical Garden. Different pressed plant species were put together to make new hybrids, sometimes adding drawings or rubbings of unexpected animals: bats, a three-toed sloth, an armadillo skin, a butterfly. At first glance, the pieces appear as if a botanist preserved them. Upon closer inspection, more is revealed. Each piece is saturated in beeswax and damar resin, which preserves and imparts a look both luminous and tactile.
The entryway display case exhibit has some of Cynthis'a works on paper book arts, a shadow box, and a botanical hybrids (an exploded herbarium).
Cynthia Winika has been a Gardiner resident, living with a view of the Gunks, for 45 years. It's been easy to be influenced by nature here. Her gardens have ebbed and flowed over the years and walking in the woods has been her pleasure. Cynthia studied art at SUNY New Paltz, in Taiwan for 2 years, WSW Rosendale, and through self and peer learning and has taught in art-related places most of her life.
Cynthia Winika has exhibited her work in museums, universities and public galleries. Her work is in many collections: SUNY New Paltz, MOMA, Cleveland Art Institute, Harvard, Yale, Skidmore, Vassar Fine Arts Libraries, and many more university and private collections here and abroad. She has been a member of A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn for many years.