Cynthia Daignault: Picture Lake
Exhibition, The Sunday Painter, London, UK.
The Sunday Painter is delighted to present, Picture Lake, the first UK exhibition by American artist Cynthia Daignault, and the inaugural show in our new Vauxhall gallery.
In 2015, Daignault traveled around the entire circumference of America, stopping every 25 miles to paint the scene before her. The resulting work, Light Atlas, became an epic of 360 painted scenes. Here, in her follow up to that work, Daignault set out to invert its logic, taking a single painting from the Light Atlas to parse the infinity within one frame: Picture Lake. Deep in the Pacific Northwest, the lake is so named as it presents the ideal composition for a photograph: the stock image or computer desktop background. The mountain scene reduces to a signifier of platonic landscape: mountain, sky, lake and trees. It is an image that contains within itself a meditation on art and index in reflection of the mountain on the lake, reflected again in image and text. Picture Lake is an exploration of semiotics. Daignault layers the syntaxes of painting and photography side-by-side, in an attempt to understand both the single moment and our primal need to capture it.
Cynthia Daignault’s conceptually based long-form paintings use repetition to create works that expand out beyond a singular frame. Through challenging the conventions of the medium, these works contemplate perception, the a of viewing, the unfolding of time, and the overwhelming dominance that social media currently has on our lives. Here, Daignault has created an immersive in allation of works that focus on the iconic American image and its hi ory in painting and pho- tography. She takes a fragmented, multimedia approach to the single-image notion of a landscape to create an aggregate representation that touches on the politics of idealism, nationalism, and environmentalism, addressing the way we experience and interpret place.