If I didn’t know better, I would think that Cindy hails from California. Her works remind me of middle-period David Hockney, mostly due, I’m sure, to the shared obsession with water or, more accurately, swimming pools. Like Hockney, she uses blocks of strong, distinct color to deliver the image.
This one is a bit of a departure from earlier water works in that the swimmer is quite clearly stationary: no flash trails of moving limbs in the water as we find so often in Cindy’s pieces. What on earth is going on here? What are the circular objects? What is he doing?
Another wonderful thing is the implied play of light and shadow beneath the surface of the water: on his legs, the round objects. I love the gently undulating mass of yellow to the left of the image, in the process of particulate disintegration.
[dailypic], where you can find limited edition prints of Cindy’s work.