Exhibition of Recent Paintings by Katherine Bajenova Grimmett
Katherine Bajenova Grimmett
As far back as I can remember, I always made things with my hands. It was a safe and happy place for me because we moved around a lot, and I had to constantly adjust to that. I tried to make my fleeting experiences permanent through creating things.
Because change was so normal, I felt compelled to travel. I lived in New York City, Italy, Greece and Spain. I looked at a great deal of art in the world‘s most renowned museums, and saved images and experiences that appealed to me in my many sketchbooks.
Painting and drawing faces, people and performing artists is fascinating to me. Because my mother was an opera singer, as a child, I saw singers under stage lights, their faces enhanced by make-up, as well as their gestures and rich costumes being illuminated. I paint still lifes because the stage set always had one: a table with wine bottles, glasses, rustic breads, or flowers.
My father was a landscape painter, so I have a particular respect and love for nature. Painting out-of-doors is a blissful and restorative experience, and it all goes into my work.
I use different mediums for my motifs--oil paints and brushes for portraits, landscape and still lifes because of their saturated and lush color, while watercolors are delicate, enhancing the drawing underneath; printmaking expresses strong contrasts and textures on exquisite paper. Drawing, however, is the foundation of all my work--its immediacy and varied-line quality creates the structure for what is to come, whether it is a figure drawing, an oil painting or woodblock print.
Not knowing where my painting would take me resulted in these recent experimental works, which I am happy to share with you.