Kathran Siegel

I Love Flowers

59 x 17 x 17in.

Linden, Maple and Walnut woods, gouache, acrylic

 

Sentience

32 x 7 x 4in.

Lindenwood, gouache

Happy Headdress

38 x 20 x 7 inches

Lindenwood, Acrylic Paint

HopSkip

38 x 22 x 6in.

Lindenwood, acrylic paint

First Bloom

60 x 50 x 17in.

Lindenwood, acrylic paint

Purple WrapAround

36 x 39 x 4in.

lindenwood, acrylic and oil paint

What Can Happen

51 x 33 x 18 inches

Lindenwood, Maple, acrylic paint

5 Holes Randomly Drilled

27 x 7 x 4inches

Lindenwood, acrylic paint

Late in the 1980s, the imagery I was inventing derived from one or the other of two vocabularies.  One led to a body of work that was abstract, colorful and playful. The other derived from my fascination with nature, and was whimsically representational. Around this time, I was creating imagery infused home furnishings. I classified individual pieces as belonging to either my “Matisse Modern Style” or my “Utopian Style,” spoofing the way furniture is catagorized both historically and also for merchandising.

 

No longer designing for function, I would still describe my abstract language as having been inspired by Matisse’s work, primarily his cut-outs. My lifelong fascination with plants and animals only intensifies as I get older. “Utopian” objects never resembled the real thing too closely, but were always recognizeable interpretations from nature. Today I often like to juxtapose the two directions within one piece, as can be seen in much of the work I am presenting in this exhibition.