Created for HATAK
By Wendy Letven
Artist’s statement about the work:
“These two works mark the times my family was impacted by violent storms. These events caused very minor upheavals in my own life… the effects on other people’s lives caused losses that were severe to devastating.
Thinking about the attic environment of North Willows I was inspired to consider encounters with these works as cobwebs, those signs of nature that invade our space that we consider to be a minor nuisance. On the other hand, they might remind us of the proverb “caught in a web of one's own making”.
Wendy Letven is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation and painting in the New York area. She has created installations for Art on Paper Fair, the Flatiron Prow Artspace, Market Art and Design, and The Sheila R. Johnson Gallery at the New School, among others. Wendy is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a recipient of a Workspace Grant from Dieu Donne Papermill in New York. Raised in Philadelphia, she received a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from Hunter College. She teaches Art and Design at Parsons School of Design in New York and at Montclair State University.
My approach to making art involves the development of a growing vocabulary of shapes, patterns and gestural marks through which I might communicate my ideas. I organize my drawings through a naming and filing system that I reference over and over. These are my materials. I look for universalities, similarities and specificities in things, always observing, decoding and translating through drawing. Working with a visual language in this way makes it possible for me to arrange and combine to create works that touch upon larger themes, emotions, and narratives. The abstract/symbolic nature of the work and the way it combines parts to create a whole offers an open-ended decoding experience for the viewer. In my paintings I layer and embed elements from “the vocabulary” so they intermingle with mark-making, gestural and lyricism inherent in the painting process. By contrast, my sculptural work uses these components as planes through which light and and location are the determinants of their spaciality and effect. In three dimensions I paint surfaces to mirror their surroundings, so they interact with changing light levels, foliage, sky and surrounding architecture. I think of them as environmental interventions to augment an experience of a space through a dialogue with it.
Social Media: @wendy_letven