Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 1 - 3pm
Working at the intersection of materiality and consciousness, Newmarket-based Katja van den Enden creates immersive, thoughtful sculptural installations that straddle visual tensions and subconscious thought.
Exploring the ethereal interconnections of thinking and ideas through laboriously created forms, Scattered/Accumulation not only challenges us to take pause and consider materiality and shape, it invites participation and engagement.
Presenting a series of sculptural works made from Japanese stone clay, van den Enden encourages a participatory lens to this exhibition by welcoming visitors to arrange and rearrange Touch Stones—an exemplary work that underscores the material qualities of Japanese stone clay. The stones, over time, leave remnants of marble dust—a direct result of touching and arranging the work—and in so doing, leave the hand of the visitor imprinted on this work, and this exhibition. These dusty remnants act as memories to this ever-changing arrangement and speak to van den Enden’s interests in capturing change from external influences.
Bringing together two bodies of recent work, Scattered/Accumulation poetically engages with the intangible nature of psychology and memory, each sculpture delicately interacting with shadow and light. At times, the shadow becomes more substantial than the sculpture itself, eliciting visual tensions and encouraging visitors to consider the association between how the characteristics of light affect the materials in it.
Katja van den Enden is an experimental artist living and working in Newmarket, Ontario. Her practice ranges from mixed media painting to sculpture. Her work has been exhibited in public and private galleries since 2000, including: Gallery 1313, Orillia Museum of Art and History, Aurora Cultural Centre, Latcham Art Centre, McKay Art Centre, Propeller Gallery, John B. Aird Gallery, and Art Gallery of Mississauga. van den Enden has been an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists since 2014. She was a finalist of the TD Wealth Art Prize (Quest Gallery) in 2018 and is a recipient of multiple grants from the Ontario Arts Council.
Curated by Alexandra Hartstone
Latcham Art Centre would like to acknowledge Margaret Gradison and Ray McNeice for their generous sponsorship of this exhibition, and the Ontario Arts Council and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville for their ongoing funding.
Katja van den Enden wishes to acknowledge the Ontario Art Council and their support of Scattered/Accumulation with an Exhibition Assistance Grant.