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Student's art exhibit examines good, evil


© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001

Like most high school students, Cynthia Fedor struggled with her identity.

"I was confused by what my identity was, how it worked and how my surroundings shaped me," said Fedor, "I guess I was just really upset and disenchanted."

Now at 20, the University of South Florida art student is exhibiting what she calls a display of "good versus evil," the end result of her inner struggles.

Fedor's works on display range from a collage completed in 1996 to a sculpture finished a few months ago. Using various mediums to represent opposing forces, the artist carries out themes such as society versus the individual, government versus society and self versus the inner self.

One piece, which remains unnamed, explores going after and struggling with one's dreams. The wooden sculpture is of a man looking up at birds circling his head. It represents the dreams that people just never seem to "get a hold of." The work, says Fedor, is about "trying to achieve what you set out to do."

Fedor employs different media in her work, such as charcoal drawing, painting and sculpture, and is "willing to put her hands on almost anything."

Fedor exhibited in 1997 at the Congressional Art Competition in Tarpon Springs, where she won the Silver Key Award, and in 2000 at the Holiday Show and 12 Cubed in The Arts Center, St. Petersburg.

If you go

WHAT: Cynthia Fedor exhibition

WHERE: University of South Florida, Centre Gallery, on the lower level of the Marshall Center

WHEN: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday

COST: Free

CALL: (813) 974-5464

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