Mixed Media artist, Cindi Horste has never been a fan of one-dimensional art. Originally heading towards a degree in Archeology or Architectural Design in her university studies, she ultimately abandoned both in favor of an unexpected detour that allowed for more flexibility and less ‘structure and mathematics” in her studies, the field of Fine Arts.
“I turned to Fine Arts with an emphasis on clay, jewelry, and woodworking.” For academic training in her new field, Cindi attended several Universities, seminars, and workshops as she moved around the country.
The themes of her work- the ideas that most intrigue and inspire her multi-media art are based on Tribal stories and rock art. “I take the liberty of using tribal symbols of various cultures and then add my own spin to continue the story.”
She is most excited about adding texture to her clay and wood designs and confesses to being bored using the same surfaces. She uses a variety of techniques and methods to achieve deep textures in each piece, including combining metal oxides, alcohol inks and aniline dyes for coloring the clay and wood surfaces, and the “repousse” technique of embossing works with metals. She is currently experimenting with the Lichtenburg process of applying 2K volts of electricity to create unique burn patterns that she later embellishes with twigs, wood, paper, beads and clay stamps from her bin which is always close at hand.
As many of the Village Gallery artists/members have experienced, Cindi’s life took a final detour from a variety of previous art-related jobs and memberships in several states when she and her husband took a vacation… to Sedona. The lure of red rock country and its intrinsic life ‘textures’ and Native cultures captured her artistic heart.
Meet Cindi and her fellow local artists on March 1, Friday Art Walk, 5-8 pm at the Gallery. The evening is free to the public and includes food, wine, and lively conversation.
6512 Hwy 179 in the Village of Oak Creek, Sedona, 86351 at Cortez Rd