Cindy Hsu Zell is a Los Angeles-based artist whose approach to art stems from a love of nature and movement as well as a deep curiosity about form, texture, and finish. She creates sculptures using mindfully-sourced materials from nature like wood and stone. Her work is process and material-driven, with individual pieces serving as studies on gesture, curves, depth, and weight.
Zell’s latest series of reliefs explore the technique of wood carving as excavation. Biomorphic forms are revealed in a subtractive process as she cuts away at solid blocks of natural material layer by layer. Her wood sculptures focus on unearthing seemingly mundane observations and feelings through abstract shapes carved out of a single block of wood. Each piece memorializes something in particular: an everyday object, a small gesture, a fleeting moment, a shared memory, or a specific time and place.
Each piece is meant to last and is made through a process that is slow, small, and intentional. The materials used are of the highest quality with active measures are being taken to become carbon neutral while reducing waste in every area of production. Donations are made regularly to causes that help create a kinder, more sustainable future and a tree is planted for every piece sold through the non-profit One Tree Planted. The hope is to tread lightly on the planet and its finite resources while bringing some joy and beauty to our most calming and safe spaces.