Installation shot of Cynthia Cruz's final show. Photo: Cynthia Cruz (2014)
Cynthia Cruz has been selected for the second Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award funded by Jane Hamlyn, Acme Studios and the ISA Charity.
Cynthia's practice involves painting and film and "draws on themes of tragedy, horror and the abject in imagery that is shared on the Internet". Cythnia receives a rent-free studio for a year as well as a bursary and bespoke mentoring programme.
Cynthia was selected by a panel including David Batchelor (external artist), Jonathan Harvey (Chief Executive, Acme Studios), Richard Noble (Goldsmiths) and Adriana Paice (ISA Charity).
Speaking about her award Cynthia explains, "Trying to make a living and making art is a difficult task. This award allows me to continue my practice, which requires a lot of space, because of my use of paints. After graduating it’s a relief to be able to focus on my art and not have to worry about money for a studio. I am so grateful for this opportunity, the best news on my degree show day!"
Cynthia begins her award in October 2014, along with Acme's other graduate studio awards which form part of our Residency and Awards Programme.