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Athena LaTocha

Winter Workspace 2018

Pictured Above: Untitled Desert (in progress), 2017, sumi ink and desert earth on paper, 132 x 396 feet. Courtesy of the artist.

Athena LaTocha has investigated non-traditional approaches to image making while working on a large scale. Based upon her experience of growing up in Alaska, over the past few years she has been on brief explorations of national sites such as Badlands, Devils Tower, Craters of the Moon, and the Spiral Jetty. Most recently, she competed a residency in the New Mexico high desert where she studied the dynamic landscape preserved in national parks in the region. She also visited sites such as Los Alamos and the Very Large Array where human capability and invention has been pushed to its extreme. These visits are her inspiration to immerse herself in the natural spectacle at Wave Hill to work extensively from. 

Inspired by Earthworks artists of the 1960s and 70s, LaTocha contemplated the natural environment at Wave Hill to further develop and consolidate her ideas about working with landscape during the Winter Workspace. This is an ongoing consideration of landscape and land art for LaTocha in which she explores the use of reclaimed and found organic materials in her image making process. She combed painting and sculpture in consideration of Earthworks, she will work on large-scale, immersive, sumi ink paintings. Pulling together painting and land art, the artist moved her practice in new directions, literally capturing natural impressions as found at Wave Hill.

 

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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.