Article: Felsenthal, Julia. “On the Road with Cynthia Daignault at Lisa Cooley Gallery.” Vogue. 2 November 2015.
“There are so many cows in America!” the painter Cynthia Daignault declared on Saturday morning.
“That’s something you realize driving around. There are 100 million cows at any given time in this
country. I Googled it, just out of curiosity.”
Daignault and I were speaking at the Lisa Cooley gallery on New York’s Lower East Side, where the
artist’s latest show, “Light Atlas,” opened last night. But 30 hours before, she still had her work cut
out for her. The small white box of the gallery’s main space was strewn with hundreds of Daignault’s
8×10-inch landscape oil paintings (some depicting cows), part of a series of 360 that represent a
slice-in-time portrait of America. That series also constituted a year of Daignault’s life: The artist
spent six months alone in her Dodge Ram pickup, driving the 15,000-mile perimeter of the
continental United States, sticking to back roads and small highways and pulling over every 25 miles
to sketch and photograph the view out her passenger side window. Then she retreated to her L.A. (more... Vogue 2 November 2015)