The written word has traditionally been set down on a structured page, from the grids of religious scrolls and printed books to the prefab templates of digital communication. My artwork explores the painterly potential of language and image that plays with, redefines or altogether disregards this norm. Decontextualized symbols and mass-produced icons that evoke personal memories are reimagined as written landscapes, ambiguous texts, and abstract open visual dialogue. The resulting images comprise the unique pages of my particular narrative.

—Cynthia Flaxman Frank

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Cynthia received a B.A. from Yale University in 1989, and an M.F.A. in graphic design from Yale University in 1995. She currently teaches full time at University of North Carolina Charlotte. She is the owner of Cynthia Frank Design, and Partner in PAC3, an award-winning public art collaboration. Cynthia has taught and served as a visiting critic at The Philadelphia College of Art and The Yale School of Art. She has served on the Boards of AIGA Charlotte, Founders’ Circle Affiliate of the Mint Museum Craft + Design and The Wall Poems of Charlotte. In her spare time, she sings with VOX, a semi-professional choir, and writes and records original songs.