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Katherine Treffinger Exhibit
September 15 - October 27Free
Cove artist, Katherine Treffinger, creates richly textured abstract compositions. She layers the oil paint on with a trowel, then adds more, maybe scratching a line into it, allowing some to drip, scraping a layer or two away, or painting the whole thing translucent white and building again from there.
“I start by just putting some paint on the canvas. It doesn’t look good at first; I don’t usually like it, but it gives me something to respond to.”
And respond she does, using intuition to guide her choices of what to add when and where. In this way, her canvases acquire something she calls “history” – a depth of texture and color that gives them both a dynamic aesthetic and an unusually saturated mood.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Treffinger came to northeast Oregon by way of the Willamette Valley, settling in Cove in 2006. While she has come to know and love the unique beauty of the region, little of it is reflected in her art. Instead, she maintains a connection to the wider world and current events through her paintings.
“The community at large is in this work. It’s a juxtaposition of the crazy things that are happening in our world right now with the spiritual, and with the feeling I’ve had lately that despite everything going on outside of my control, I’m more at peace than ever before.”
Letting go of control is perhaps the foundational element of Treffinger’s artistic process. Building layers of color and texture, Treffinger has no plan and prefers to keep it that way. The challenge of her work is not to recreate a vision she sees in her mind, but to avoid the conceptual altogether.
“I’m most productive when I don’t know what I’m doing. If I start thinking about it too much, the painting becomes predictable and I don’t want that.”
What her paintings are is dreamy, mysterious colorscapes from which the viewer may draw their own associations, experiences, and meaning.
“If anything, these paintings reflect my inner world and my hope is that they evoke something in the viewers inner world, too.”
Katherine Treffinger will exhibit her work at Arts Center East through October 27, 2017, with an opening reception on Friday, September 15, 6-8pm. The reception and exhibit are both free and open to the public.
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