virginia katz

dissipation current

This series of watercolor works began after a personal crisis in 2015. The experience brought me face-to-face with my mortality and deepened my understanding of our physical relationship to our world, while influencing new ideas for a related series of paintings. I began to associate landscape on a personal level. Landscape is the place of our origins and the place of our ultimate return. By including personal upheaval in my interpretation of it, I found another level of understanding the sublime. Much of my more recent work combines literal natural disaster with personal tragedy. Since we are one with nature, we can attribute and claim similar devastation and rebirth experiencing the sublime in our own lives. Unlike the three-dimensional paintings on panel, physicality here is emphasized as a diminished presence. Using transparent watercolor, and in many cases almost colorlessness, I want to describe the sublime, through a ‘letting go’ of physicality and an entrance into the realm of the meta-physical.

Some of the paintings are based on a visit to a tsunami site in Japan shortly after the great earthquake and tsunami of 2011. I relate that experience to a personal encounter with devastation. Landscape becomes a metaphor for the body. There are over 50 paintings in this series that is ongoing...

Dissipation
Dissipation - The Moments in Between

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2015

Dissipation
Dissipation - Off in the Distance

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Dissipation

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2015

Dissipation
Dissipation - Formless

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2015

Dissipation
Dissipation - Into the Darkness

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Dissipation - At One

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2015

Dissipation
Dissipation - Eternity

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Dissipation - Merging Into Space

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Dissipation - Fade to White

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Dissipation - Into the Ether

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Dissipation - Turbulence II

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Dissipation - Rebirth

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2017

Dissipation
Dissipation - Through the Haze

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2017

Dissipation
Dissipation - Generations

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2017

Dissipation
Dissipation - After The Tsunami

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Dissipation - Aftermath

Watercolor on Paper
18" x 24", 2017

Dissipation
Dissipation - City of the Lost but not Forgotten

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016

Dissipation
Dissipation - Turbulence and Rough Seas

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12" each, 2016

Dissipation
Dissipation - Transition Into Twilight

Watercolor on Paper
9" x 12", 2016