virginia katz

virginia katz

Making art for me has been centered on the landscape and our indelible relationship to it. Form, visible and invisible and the sublime power of nature has been at the forefront of all of my explorations in art.

My approach to painting and drawing is conceptually driven and process-based. Using systems and materials that are closely related to the content of the work, I have investigated a variety of natural phenomena underpinned with an awareness of the laws of physics and philosophical inquiries. By directly interacting with natural phenomena, I have mapped the wind, charted ocean tides, created textural topographical prints and three-dimensional landscape paintings, and recorded the activities of people in public places. Each series is connected to the other in some way. Something learned from one body of work leads to the next. The works are founded on my experiences of natural phenomena and I, as a result, hope to communicate a sense of experience for the viewer. The art has taken the forms of works on paper, installations, paper constructions, and paintings on panel.

This engagement with our natural surroundings I believe originated from my formative years growing up in the rural mountain area along the Hudson River Valley in Upstate New York, coupled with my father’s influence who was a Forester and Landscape Architect for the USMA at West Point. His legacy at the Academy was the planting of conifers throughout the campus grounds so that during the long, grey winters there would always be some green for the eye. Through his enthusiasm and focus on landscape, he sparked in me a similar, life-long enjoyment of and fascination with it.