Cynthia Daignault


oil on linen
17 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches

Cynthia Daignault’s practice combines her skills as a painter with a conceptual approach to how and when she creates the work. Oklahoma depicts the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. The work relates to Daignault’s paintings of other disasters and traumatic events that are depicted in loose brushstrokes of black, white, and gray. The monochrome palette gives the scene the look of an archival photo or newspaper image, and it situates the horrible event in the space of a distant, yet vividly present, memory. Daignault has been the subject of solo exhibitions and projects at museums and galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville; MASS MoCA, North Adams; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Her work is in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She is the recipient of a 2019 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a 2016 Foundation for the Contemporary Arts Award, a 2011 Rema Hort Foundation Award, and a 2010 Macdowell Colony Fellowship. She lives and works in Baltimore.