The first three words that come to mind when looking at Widen’s works are energetic, dramatic, and subliminal. The works may make the viewer uncomfortable at first blush; this is because the landscapes are purposely painted with “slight alterations.” This technique is exactly what the artist wants to do. Widen’s paintings are contemporary landscapes with a twist.
The smaller landscapes are more recognizable, but Widen throws the viewer for a loop with the added geometric abstractions that are dramatically placed in the landscape. Widen states that her work “places the viewer as a voyeur looking into vignettes of human-altered landscapes conflated with other landscape features or geometric forms that obstruct the foreground of the paintings.”
Katherine Widen’s paintings are on view at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences through the first week of January 2011. All of the works are for sale. If you have further questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org