Who Really Is The Artist…

Thank you, Dan Foley, for these great photos of Work in Progress‘ debut event at 2 Blocks of Art last week!

Source: Who Really Is The Artist…

Cinderflora Series

studio mess

Incubating with new materials in the studio and making a big ol’ mess.

September 15th, 2015

I’ve gotten a bit too busy to write, but I do wish I could make more time for it. Writing helps clarify my thoughts: the act of writing forces me to focus and structure my thoughts in a way that is both challenging and necessary. Hats off to all my writer friends; shit’s not easy.

Last month, I received a letter from a highly respected Art organization in Oakland, congratulating me for being nominated by someone from SFMOMA, Jewish Contemporary Museum, Yerba Buena, or Oakland Art Museum as one of the artists selected to apply for a solo show next year.

As an artist, having a solo show is a huge milestone, but even being nominated by such esteemed organizations was a huge honor in itself. Given that I had started exploring new media, playing with textures, and thinking of new ways to incorporate my ideas, I wanted to produce work that reflected this.

What resulted was my first real foray into the sculptural– titled, Cinderflora, a series of mixed media work exploring an appreciation for decline, the rhythm of growth and decay, and the use of cracks and imperfections as sources for newfound strength. Using traditional philosophies of wabi‐sabi, ikebana, and kintsugi, it collides organic, natural forms with industrial building materials (such as cinder blocks and bricks) to explore the oft‐overlooked meanings in conventional objects. Here is an excerpt from my write-up for the show (many thanks to Henry Lien, my amazingly talented cousin, who is an accomplished artist and writer–for his help):

Establishing a balance between two assumed binaries; harsh, industrial building materials are met with natural, delicate, hand-made forms to question our assumptions around seemingly opposing concepts such as fragile/strong, delicate/harsh, beauty/imperfection,and growth/decay. Each piece tells a different story of nature waiting for man‐made obstacles to crumble, seeking fissures and cracks as a point of entry to find its path into the light.

The title of the series itself attempts to rehabilitate a reviled cliche of a female narrative. The story of Cinderella is perhaps most controversial, because it is a traditional fairytale of finding salvation in a prince’s arms. It elicits sneers from progressives as readily as floral craftwork does, and yet‐ Cinderella’s story can also be read as a tale of hard work, patience, resourcefulness, and taking advantage of opportunities as it presents itself. The alternative reading of Cinderella’s story harmonizes with the alternative reading of paper flowers; which, in turn, suggests an alternate recounting of women’s stories and contributions throughout American history.


Cinderflora 1 (2015) Mixed Media

Cinderflora 2

Cinderflora 2 (2015) Mixed Media

Cinderflora 3

Cinderflora 3 (2015) Mixed Media

It’s a weird feeling; to make the jump into the third dimension, but I’m very proud of this new body of work, and I feel good about my application. Now that it’s submitted, I will have to knock down my expectations a few notches. But either way, I am excited about my new body of work, and intend on furthering this series because it represents so much of who I am. Thank you to Carlos Lopez for his amazing photographs of my pieces, and for his continued patience with me while I work an inordinate amount of hours in the studio. Fingers crossed, and wish me luck- I’ll need it!

Signed, Cindy

News from the Studio, August 2015

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I Moved Into My Own Studio!

Mark Your Calendars: Open Studios will be Saturday, November 7th and Sunday, November 8th.  Come through!

My Studio at Pacific Felt Factory, San Francisco
Incredibly excited about being among the first twelve artists selected in a rigorous application process to move into a brand new, below market-rate art space in the Mission District in San Francisco.  The resident artists include world-class performance artists, architects, installation artists, printmakers, and painters, and I am constantly inspired by each of them every day.
We had a soft grand opening a few weeks ago, which was an enormous success, and I’m really looking forward to having more events here soon.  
Like PFF on FB or click on any of the icons below to check out my current work and find out more about events at our new space! 
Some in progress photos of what’s currently on the easel. Will be updating Instagram and my FB page with new stuff, and will have some new pieces completed by Open Studios. Or just come by and visit if you’re in the neighborhood, I’ll be here!
News and Events:
My Upcoming Live Demos/Workshops

  • Saturday, August 29th: “Exploring Sennelier Soft Pastels” with Cindy Shih, University Art San Jose
  • Saturday, September 12th: “Sennelier Mixed Media” Demonstration, Napa Valley Art Supplies 
  • Saturday, October 14th: Watercolor Gift Card Workshop, Ink.Paper.Plate, Point Reyes
  • Monday, October 19th: Guest Speaker, ART 185 “Art Career and Transfer Portfolio Prep” City College San Francisco Ocean Campus
Marketing for Savoir Faire, Inc.

Started working as an online marketing consultant to Savoir Faire, Importers of Fine Materials for the Arts: Sennelier, Cretacolor, Fabriano, Isabey, Raphael, Awagami, of over 30 years, based in Novato, CA.

Bridging Art and Technology

On Sunday, September 13th, I will host Wiki Day with Katherine Maher, Chief Communication Officer of Wikimedia Foundation, and Elizabeth Addison of Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art at PFF. To learn more about the event or participate, check out the event page for details.

Private Art Consulting 

I have started working as a private art consultant to help place art in private and corporate art collections in San Francisco. Please email me at cindyhshih@gmail.com if you, or anyone you know might be interested in commissioning or buying artwork in the near future, and sign up to receive invites to private receptions to gallery events.

Work In Progress Live!

Introducing… Work in Progress Live! A Bay Area Artist Collective of four teaching artists (from Left: Leah Tumerman, Cindy Shih, Mark Harris, Joshua Coffy) driven to share the process of art making to transform space, inspire creativity and community. Check out our “About” page to learn about our live painting services, and email us at workinprogressliveart@gmail.com to book us for your next non-profit, corporate, or private event. 

Art | Song Salon

Hosting Art | Song Salon: As a way to give back to the community that has given so much to us, Jessica Wan and I founded and host Art | Song Salon quarterly. Art Song Salon, now on its second year, is an intimate, thoughtful salon pairing visual art with live classical performances around a theme and discussion. The last event “Saudade,” was held at Pacific Felt Factory, which was an enormous success. Our next event will most likely be sometime in September or October, but we encourage you to “Like” the Art | Song Salon FB page or sign up on our website to receive an invite to our next salon. 

Demos, Workshops, Classes

Art Demonstrations: Currently working as a demo artist for Savoir Faire, Inc. to represent their brands and provide art demos to Art stores across the Bay Area. This is me looking dorky in front of folks at a watercolor demo at Napa Valley Art Supplies. 
Sennelier Acrylique Demo, Riley Street, San Rafael, CA
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