Cynthia Laureen Vogt – In the Absence of Words (Take Away)


© 2018
edition of 1
dimensions in inches: 7 x 12.5 x 2

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About this piece:

This piece is one of a series of single folios featuring cuts in the support as absent letters of the alphabet through which images of hands or legs emerge. These absences remain linguistic signs, albeit ones through which images of the primordial body speak. One of the definitions of take away is

“…the main point, lesson, or piece of information that one derives or retains from something.”

Here this phrase as part of the title operates as a play on words.

My photographic collage works are meditations on the abstract mechanics of language, the body, and rhythm. Using the book form as a site for the gathering and dispersion of linguistic signs, the collage elements in themselves become a meta-language; representations of the very text, paper, or support over which they are layered. Inclusion of acetate transparencies adds to the layering while creating subtle reflections that shift and change with the viewer’s position relative to each work.

All images are laser prints created from original photographs which have been manipulated, cut out, and hand-sewn onto the cotton rag backing/support.

For years I have used the accordion fold book format almost exclusively for its flexibility to display in its entirety as well as perused page-by-page for a more intimate experience. Recently I have explored creating series of single folios – like an accordion book cut into sections – of which this work is an example. These works are open to multiple group or solo arrangement.


paper, acetate, toner, thread

About the artist:

Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, United States

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Cynthia Laureen Vogt currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She has a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Arizona, where she also taught photography. She has exhibited her artwork for over thirty years at venues both in the United States and abroad, including the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, and the Nippon Polaroid Center in Japan. Her work has both received awards and been reviewed in such publications as THE Magazine and Nippon Camera, and is included in numerous private and public collections.

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Cynthia Laureen Vogt – In the Absence of Words (Take Away)