I like to envision that my art preserves the past. Most images that I use have come from my family’s stored memorabilia that dates as far back as the 1850’s. I have always had a spirited interest for the “days of old” so to speak. The discovery of mysterious letters from Norway written in the 1890’s -1900’s inspired me to look further into the past. As I learned, these mysterious letters were love letters between my Great-Great Grandfather and Great-Great Grandmother form Norway to the U.S.A. This started a never ending journey of new beginnings for them and all of us to come.
My process requires me to search, seek, and find memorable treasures in closets, storage areas, cedar chests, and picture albums. I photograph and scan all the images putting them together in the most pleasing, unique and personal way on the computer. As I put layers upon layers together and experiment with color, shape, line and form, a creation takes place and serendipity develops. As you will see, most of the images have a piece of a love letter in them. My hope is that you too will search and seek to find a piece of hidden treasure in one of your closets or wooden chests, or maybe even a secret love letter. .
Every print is unique and tells a different story. I have often thought that my art prints are like the people that are connected to this memorabilia. They are mysterious, colorful, layered with memories, and have never aging spirits.
Cindi Finley Mintie