Cynthia Anderson - Interview
As a curious, young Minnesotan girl, Cynthia Anderson was forever drawn to transform worn items into rare gems of beauty. With practice, she used her creativity to become proficient with every medium. However, local art classes helped this clever woman choose her most gifted media of stone, steel and glass.
Now residing in Chaska, Minn., her studio accommodates the necessary equipment to weld, cut and construct her sculptures. Her artwork is exhibited throughout the United States, namely the Midwest and the coasts. However, she also hopes viewers enjoy her work in private settings, such as adorning homes, gardens and offices.
“Val Hall II” displays just one example of how Anderson combines the contrasting media of strong, dark steel and stone and delicate, exquisite glass. “Color has always inspired me as well as my environment at the time. When starting this project, the rock was my inspiration. The rock flowed like the water under a ship. This brought me to the steel of the ship itself. I wanted the clean lines of the steel to represent the strong foundation of the ship. My interpretation of the sails of the ship was inspired by the color and movement in the chosen shapes of glass. The simplicity of the steel and the vibrancy of the colors in the glass cohered with the stone for the design elements I was looking for.”
On your hunt to find all Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center SculptureWalk entries, please take a few moments to absorb a piece of “Val Halla II.” Its bold and contrasting nature reminds us that life is overall beautiful, but each moment is unique and should be cherished. Anderson said, “I want the viewers to smile and experience the positive aspects of finding the beauty and renewal of life in the ordinary things around us.”