"To experiment is at first more valuable than to produce; free play in the beginning develops courage." Josef Albers

The concepts for my mixed-media artworks often begin with creating new myths or discovering myths of the past. Authentic searching is like an archeological dig expressing the truth of myth and the women who lived the stories. My story or others' are unfurled on nature walks, in my poetry, through a spiritual experience, or the exploration of materials. Details that drive my work may include: found objects like a feather, the journey of a ghost fish, or an encounter with a Tigress. Instinct asks which story can be told by what object? Could it be a necklace, art figure, drawing, painting or a textile piece?

I build on ideas by digging deep into a myriad of cultures. I try to understand the lives of goddesses and their environment. Time is split to reveal the secrets; the sacredness of the soul. I stitch memories into textile collages; layering and obliterating fragments of cloth. I also express story through mixed-media. My poetry and art are collaborative elements that bounce back-and-forth creating narrative in text and visuals. This is a connective process that creates a whole out of curvilinear pieces. Translucent veils draw the viewer into intimacy, mystery, and discovery - that wish to speak as a negotiation of the surface.

There is not always a plan when I begin. I work on several pieces at once to allow ideas to percolate. Each artwork consists of improvisational aspects. The stitch pierces paper and textiles; also, wrapping itself around a cord. Paper may be sewn to fabric contrasting hard and soft. Textiles can hang like tapestries or are quilted in three layers. Brush and pen connect to paper or fabric. Many of the ethnic fabrics and embellishments are gifts. I reuse the elements encompassing voices of the past and including the story of the original owner. Layers reveal destruction, change, and rebirth.


Cindy Rinne has created fine art for over 35 years. She began in water media and started creating art quilts over 15 years ago. She paints and draws with thread using fabrics from around the world. Cindy writes original poetry which often appears as a part or with the art work. Her work emphasizes using fiber and stitch constructed into collage. She uses repurposed vintage fabrics, laces, and buttons as textures.

Cindy was a guest speaker about her art and poetry at the Museum of History and Art in Ontario, CA 2014.Cindy was invited to be in a group show at Intercambios, CEARTE Arts Center, Ensenada, Mexico in 2013. She was part of "The Apron Project" by Womyn's Work in Albuquerque, NM and "Connecting Threads," Terminal One, LAX International Airport in 2013. Cindy had art work in the TAQS exhibit in Taiwan and the WCA national exhibition, "Like Water on Rock" (a traveling show) in Los Angeles and San Diego, CA in 2009. Both of these shows included catalogs.

She is curating a fiber show, "rebirth of dialects" for the Chaffey Community Museum of Art, 2015 in Ontario, California. She's had a solo shows in 2012-current in southern California called, "A Constellation of Galaxies," "How Moose Came to Live in the Forest," "Speaking Through Sediment," "Mapless," Quiet Lantern," and "Cosmic Songs: the Stars Sing." Cindy is represented by "Altered Space Gallery."



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