Cynthia Beth Rubin

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  • Rhode Island School of Design and C B Rubin Studio


  • New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America


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  • As an artist who was trained in the age of Abstract Expressionist painting, my use of representational imagery developed in lockstep with new technology. In the pre-scanning era, my early digital work focused on compositional structure, incorporating influences from a number of diverse cultures. As scanning and digital photography became available, the imagery gradually moved into representations and responses to specific sites of Cultural Heritage. This work was recognized with multiple grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the New England Foundation on the Arts, and artist residencies in France, Canada, Israel, and Scotland, with showings of the work in festivals, museums, and arts centers around the world, including numerous SIGGRAPH art shows. Currently, I am investigating the incorporation of microscopic plankton into my work, thinking about the hidden aspects of our environment. I am also continuing to animate the Glen series, bringing it to a collaboration with a musical composer. The merger of representation and abstraction, of the real and of the sensations of experience, remain an ongoing interest.

    Cynthia Beth Rubin is a new media artist whose works evoke imagined narratives through interwoven layers of representation and abstraction, frequently combined with Augmented Reality and interactive experience. She is equally fascinated by the imagined memories of cultural history and with envisioning the unseen microscopic life of oceans and still waters. Rubin’s work has been recognized internationally through exhibitions and film festivals, including Creative Tech Week in New York City, the Jerusalem Biennial, the Jewish Museum in Prague, the Siberia State Art Museum, the Kyrgyzstan State Museum, and in cities such as Paris, New York, Toronto, Montreal and elsewhere around the world. Rubin’s awards include multiple Connecticut Artist Fellowships, the New England Foundation on the Arts, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and other awards, and artist residencies in France, Israel, Canada, and Scotland. Her work has been published in at least 10 international languages, including in Art in the Digital Age by Bruce Wands, The Computer in the Visual Arts by Anne Morgan Spalter, and Arts en Réseau, published by INA in Paris France. Based in New Haven, CT USA, Rubin’s studio practice extends from New York City to Narragansett, Rhode Island, and beyond.



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