Knapp was born in the North East United States and as a child emigrated to Canada. In 1974, she received a BA with Honors in Fine Arts from York University in Toronto, Canada. Upon completing her degree, Cynthia’s initial career choices led her back to the States working as a gallerist and setting up a studio. Knapp has maintained a professional visual art career, based in Atlanta for over 40 years. With an ongoing studio art practice, she has maintained a steady exhibition schedule with galleries, university exhibition opportunities and regional museums. Her works on paper and canvas pieces have been collected and commissioned widely throughout the United States and internationally. With an entry into the public art field around 2000, she has found a place for her sculpture and site-specific works, commissioned widely for corporate spaces, medical facilities, libraries and convention centers.
Artist Statement: My paintings and works on paper are musings on the interdependent relationship of natural forms. Fields of color blur, overlap, and interact creating an amalgam of natural shapes, not through representation or expression but rather in portraying the essence of abstractions as seen in the physical environment.
My major intent is to create a visual dialog, a mediation between seeming autonomous forms, and keep it constantly in play. This intercession happens while constructing and editing visual elements into a symbiotic balance. Form is absolutely defined and dependent on the visual space that surrounds it. Line-gestures mark an essence of motion while also creating a spacial displacement around that movement. Color, texture and translucence are enhanced by the surrounding absence of those qualities, making them more evident. At times the work references topography, rock formations or repetitious natural patterning. Paint and glaze are layered, added and removed, until the forms develop on the painting surface. Line and color can wrest dimensionality from the flat surface of paper or canvas. The linear references sometimes define the edge of a form or pose a topographical contour to suggest its volume, just as river has a linear quality defining the landscape it cares through, it exists as a complementary player with its surroundings.