Cynthia Vale – Artist

The Dymphna Series is foremost a conceptual series.

con·cep·tu·al art
kənˈsep(t)SH(əw)əl ärt/
noun: concept art
  1. art in which the idea presented by the artist is considered more important than the finished product, if there is one.

The Dymphna Series reifies what existed on Facebook in 2009. Specifically, an application created inside the FB Gift Creator application. By creating the virtual into material form, the Dymphna Series becomes a series of historical artifacts.

St. Dymphna with my very hungover face (circa 1990)  photoshopped onto it.

The story behind the series began with a friend photoshopping my face onto an image of St. Dymphna, the patron saint of the insane, and posting the image onto my FB page. I found humour in this. I wondered what kind of miracles would St. Dymphna be involved in.

I appropriated images, some famous, all interesting, and tagged them with “miracles” that made sense to me, in essence, recontextualizing these images with my own ideas about modern miracles.

re·con·tex·tu·al·ize
rē-kən-ˈteks-chə-wə-ˌlīz, -chə-ˌlīz
transitive verb: recontexutalize
  1.  to place (something, such as a literary or artistic work) in a different context
ap·pro·pri·a·tion
ə-ˌprō-prē-ˈā-shən
verb: appropriation
  1. Appropriation in art is the use of pre-existing objects or images with little or no transformation applied to them. The use of appropriation has played a significant role in the history of the arts (literary, visual, musical and performing arts).

At this point in the process I developed the application “Miracles of St. Dymphna of the Mentals” using the very simple Gift Creator app in FB. This allowed my friends and fans to gift my version of “miracles” to friends and family.  The miracles were created in the metamodern sense of hope and idealism oscillating with despair, cynicism, and satire. Some had humour. Some were thought provoking.

See a list below of all miracles, each linked to an image detail.

Detail of Naked Flying

Within a few months thousands of fans swapped  various miracles and posted them to each other’s FB pages.

Unfortunately in 2010 it was banned for being “offensive”.  Miracles of St. Dymphna of the Mentals could no longer be traded or gifted. As part of my process, I saved screenshots from the Gift Creator Developer page before it was ultimately lost from FB.

Detail of Self Examination without Self Delusion

Today, The Dymphna Series is screenshots from this application transferred onto canvas with some editing in order to serve as historical artifact. I treated the canvas as a lost artifact, tagging each one in red with historical data such as Description, Public Exposure Risks, and Status.

The screenshots are from the developer’s POV (my POV)  in terms of adding, rearranging, and deleting content. Since it was banned for offensiveness, the viewer is presented with an opportunity to mentally edit – delete content that may challenge them. As viewer, what offends you?

Each “miracle” displays the number of times each one was sent within a couple days of launch. I’ve preserved the representation of the interface presented to the developer at that time, in canvas form. The screenshots were taken at different times as I added more content to the application.

A typical piece looks like the image below.  A snapshot of my computer monitor with a large centered “miracle” and surrounding thumbnail miracles as I edited, arranged, and added them. In essence, the viewer sees a large representation of my development environment from 2009. I had added 86 metamodern miracles in all.

Omniscience! This piece was gifted to Facebook as an homage to the Gift Creator application. Plus Omniscience is the perfect “miracle” for FB….

It’s a snapshot of what once was. Notice the adverts along the right. I took the liberty to update the Faux News advert.

The canvas is tagged as an artifact, a preservation of history, particularly banned history. Here is the tag. It’s different for each piece.

Each 24×20 inch canvas goes through some artistic treatment finalized in a thick resin coating which looks like computer monitor glass. The resin coating finishes the piece and looks like this. The resin is glossy and coats the canvas ~1 mm thick, like glass.  The canvas canvas is mounted on a stiff board, gallery-wrapped, and then treated.

Detail of finished piece, high gloss resin, 1-1.5 mm thick.

A half dozen of the pieces are available in an X-Large Format 43 X 27 inches.  They do not have the resin coating, they have been treated with a protective acrylic spray.  The thick canvas is mounted on heavy stretcher bars and gallery-wrapped.  See the category X-Large  for these specific miracles.

In summary, The Dymphna Series is online content reified into the offline world. Each piece is a record of what was lost. Each piece explores the underlying themes of the original metamodern miracles including cynicism, satire, whimsy, thought experiments, and hopeful/hopelessness.

Most pieces are not finished but you can view a detail of the main “miracle” for each one. Commission one! Only one original may be commissioned for each “miracle.”  If you are interested in something customized, email cynthia@valediscovery.com

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List of art pieces by “miracle”, see Categories below:

Omniscience – No longer available. Gifted to Facebook Corporation

Forget Omniscience!

Witness Face of St Dymphna on a Tortilla

Therapy Session With Jesus

A Neverending Prescription of Prozac

Self-examination Without Self-delusion

Existential Crisis Fellini Style

Antigravity

Distinguishing without Difference

Miracle-making Mess Kit

A Hangoverless Morning after Long Night With Green Faery

Ability to Make Gingham Work Anywhere

A Date with Sartre

Finding the Pearl of Wisdom

Skinnydipping with Your Favourite Holy Person

Immediate Understanding of Godel’s Ontological Proof of God

Hell in a Handbasket

Invisibility!

Naked Flying

Turn sticks into Clove Cigarettes

Unlimited Sex Appeal

Home Version of Barbarella’s Orgasmatron

Chunk of Dark Matter

Turn Water into a Very Dirty Martini

Anatomically Correct Jesus Doll with Instruction Handbook No Longer available. Private Collection.

Picnic in the Park with Favourite Trick

Integrity in the White House

Hiddenness Revealed! An Exclusive

A Prayer Circle Led by Nietzsche

Butter with your Mushroom

Fashion Week with Ayn Rand

Knowledge that isn’t Constructed

Knowledge that isn’t Contextual

Rainmaking Abilities

Rationality in Congress

Humanbeingness Surviving the Singularity

Relativity and Invisibility Body Paints

Civilisation that does not Decline (or… There Goes the Neighbourhood)

Religion without Fear

Bottled Sunshine (Night included)

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Kiss without Threat of Death – Men

Equality in Amerika

Witness Face of God

Omnipotence

Ability to be Here AND There

A New Definition for Human

Fluency in Bichonese

A Day in the Pope’s Shoes (Prada Dahling)

Good Without Evil

Real Time Tour of Massive Black Hole

Courage to Stray From the Herd

A Lesbian Marriage without Birkenstocks

A Gay Marriage without Chiffon

The Question Answered

Revaluation of all Values

Acceptance of the Empty Set

A Cape Knitted from Superstrings. And Sequins!

Ability to be Inside AND Outside

Potluck with Madame Blavatsky et al

Immortal Life Looking Like Catherine Deneuve aka Miriam Blaylock

Rough Draft of Atlas Shrugged

Courage to Start a Revolution Featuring Che Dymphna!

Uncertain and Happy About It.

Personal Quantum Computer

Maintaining a Respectable Integration of Naughty and Nice

Ability to Climb Outside Worldview

A hunk of hypercube. Be Everywhen.

Home Aurora Borealis Generator

Kissing without Threat of Death – Women

Turn Water into Nice Pinot Noir

Mind Meld

Perpetual Absinthe Drip

Blue Oceans Blue Skies

Miles And Miles of Miles

Perpetual World Peace

Last page typed of Next Great American Novel

Sweet Without the Bitter Featuring Sappho

Picasso’s Perspective

Einstein’s Imagination

Walk On Water

Trap Satan in a Tilt-a-Whirl