Rhetorical Factory Show July 2015!

All new show scheduled, opening July 10, 2015 at Rhetorical Factory!

So excited for summer!

And here’s why…. 2 months ago I had a sit down, that’s amazing, brainstorm-y idea to collaborate with one of my favorite local artists. Today I ordered 9 yards of fabric from Spoonflower for what will become the centerpieces of my July show “Getting Off the Wall” at Rhetorical Factory in West Asheville.

This locally powered shop focuses on upcycling clothes and innovative design. Bethany Adams, the designer and captain of the ship at the shop,  had an inspiring boots on the ground meeting with me yesterday. She and I have had wonderful success in the past collaborating on projects (if you’ve ever seen me in a CLicKs shirt) and I can’t wait to see what she creates with my images! The show will also include 20 original glass art tiles which I’ve been working on for most of this year.

Come see what we’ve been dreaming up. . . second Saturday, July 10, 2015.

Tangleheart Carousel – Glass Art Tile 6″x6″ with wood stand available at upcoming show July 2015 at Rhetorical Factory in West Asheville.

In Vision – New Work by C.L. Kunst

Mom had it right.

When I was born my mother named me Cynthia Lea, which is an elegant and regal sounding set of names that I am only just now beginning to embrace. Now Lea is easy. Lea means shelter. Lea is an integral part of my Grandmother’s and my oldest daughter’s first name. But that uppity sounding first bit always seemed so far out of my reach.  Originally a reference to a Greek baby name, it literally means of Cynthus, and refers to the location of the birth of the Greek Goddess Artemis and the personification of the first phase of the moon. But modern definitions are more liberal and include ideas that relate to the moon’s more ethereal qualities such as its role as a mirror and reflectors and light in dark places.

When I was growing up I remember feeling intimidated by the big ideas that went with this name. Was this really me? Did this have anything to do with who I was meant to be? I didn’t feel particularly shiny or reflective, much less somehow related to any phase of some classical Greek goddess.  Turns out the answer is yes!!! I get so excited by light! Shining it, flashing it, catching it, teaching it how to dance funny, little flickers in dark places, whatever, just bring on the light! And I don’t think this is an accident either. My birthday comes right in front of the Spring Equinox and the sweet annual return of milder temperatures and longer days. I definitely experience my own personal quickening around this time of year.

March is when the phone starts ringing for portrait sessions again and the art shows, festivals and events for the summer start getting lined up.  So far this year has already been a major hustle-bustle with a pop-up show at a Blind Pig dinner in early February and this week  where I get ready for my latest show at The Circle Asheville that opens Saturday from 3-6.  I’ll be offering a bunch of new work as well as a few old favorites in a new way. Glass!! I’ve gotten together with a local printmaker who helping me create some gorgeous glass art tiles to go along with my other prints and photo art this year. Of course Pop was invaluable and helped me out by making some really cool stands for each tile so you can plunk it in the nearest window and let the sun (or the moon) do all the work backlighting it! They also make really pretty votive shades with a tea candle put on the stand behind the tile for your bookshelf or dining table.

This new body of work represents a jumping off point for me. After making what I call Radiants  for over 10 years I realized that what I’ve really been doing was picking up little pieces of flotsam and jetsam with my camera; bits of visual ephemera that might not mean much now but someday I felt I might find the puzzle this fits into. This year is the year I realized the scope of the puzzle and began to reassemble the pieces into a picture that made sense to me. After looking outward for a very long time I’m beginning to find the worth in looking in. So that’s In Vision, new looks at old works and a re-”in vision”-ing of their purpose in my bigger image. Come see.

In Vision

Show poster at The Circle March 14 – April 10


The Circle’s 4-20 Weekend Sale!

Happy 4-20!!

I was approached a few weeks ago by my friend Shannon Covart who owns the Circle on Haywood Road in West Asheville. She asked if I would come in and photograph some the amazingly beautiful, locally blown, custom glass that they sell in preparation for their big 4-20 sale which starts today!  Of course I said yes! I love working with Shannon and everyone at the Circle Crewe! She also asked me to make a few special radiants for her to use for the sale and design some flyers. Yes again! So here is one of the custom radiants I created for the Circle’s 4-20 sale event this weekend. Go check it out!!



Lichtaffen – The Light Monkeys

Today I was re-reading National Geographic‘s Photography issue and came across a word Albert Einstein coined to describe photographers who flocked to his public appearances, ‘lichtaffen’, which essentially means ‘Light Monkeys’ or more literally ‘Monkeys drawn to light’. I realize he meant it in a disparaging sort of way, he reportedly hated having his photo taken, but it made me laugh and laugh and laugh. So today, after a lovely family day of laundry dishes and making curtains, I took myself out to the green house to practice my lichtaffen.  First I swished it, amped it up and then I flipped it out. Mr. Einstein, I think you had it right, I love to monkey with light!


String Magic

Hip Thrift : Featured Artist of the Month

Big thank you to Amy Williams of Hip Thrift for letting me be the featured artist of the month at the store. There are 7 one of a kind Radiant prints of varying sizes in custom “spinner” frames as well as plenty of smaller 5×7 prints for just $15!  Plus, this is the coolest little thrift store on Haywood Rd.!  Come by the store for their 2nd Saturday event next week (or just come by) and take a radiant for a spin!


Week 6: Closed for Moving

Finally things are starting to kind of maybe feel normal again! I’ve spent the last two weeks pushing myself in every direction possible and all at the same time.  Clearly I’m going to need to do some more yoga if I think I’m going to be able to keep this up.

We closed on our new house on February 15th and started moving in right away, we got a lot accomplished in 5 or 6 hours that day.  One problem though, we’ve had zero time off to get anything accomplished since then.  Cass and I have both had full time work schedules for two weeks straight and we’ve both been trying to pick up as many after work loads to deliver to the house, basement and garage as we can while trying to be good parents and provide regular meals and a sense of stability for the kids.  So this was really the first weekend to set our shoulders to the task of getting settled in in earnest.  We’re getting there but we’ve still got a ways to go.  We just got the computer set up and back online again last night.  So look for more normalized responses and a new article about the latest Blind Pig supper later in the week to make up for all the stuff I’m doing elsewhere at the minute.

In the meantime here’s an old radiant I made out of the stairs at the Jolie Rouge before we started painting it in 2009.  I stumbled over this one while I was getting the computer in order.  It was a sharp reminder of how far we’ve come and all that we’ve accomplished as a family since we first arrived with a moving van in Asheville 3 years ago.

One thing stays the same though. . . moving sucks.


Radiant for Christmas!

You can find large and small prints of my Rorschachian Abstract Radiant series for sale at two great local shops here in Asheville this year.  I have a variety of sizes for as little as $15 each at the Circle on Haywood Rd in West Asheville.  Many of my larger pieces from the same series are downtown at the Goldworks Gallery on Wall Street.

Signed, matted, numbered and ready to go with an amazing variety of colors, textures and images.  The large pieces (10×15 and up) also come with our custom framing that lets you spin your Radiant on the wall so you can inspect it from any orientation.

With images like this the question isn’t ‘What is it?’ but ‘What do you see?’

Autumn Ripples


10.14.11:Work, Work, Work

Trying to catch up on editing work from the week, chained to a computer and chair on a fantastic peak fall morning.  And yet the mind wanders, at play in the garden of my dyslexic brain. . . . . OK, back to work.

Shocktop Radiant


Radiant: Heart Strings of a Hurricane’s Eye

A truly restful Sunday, and sorely needed! I’ve been playing with an image from the piano graveyard and have some beautiful new radiants to spin.  Love the color and line vibration happening here. Will have only a few of these available starting next month, includes custom frame.


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