Wendy Letven | Flowtopia
“Flowtopia" , Painted Aluminum, 20 x 20 feet in width, 2019
In the installation “Flowtopia” I am concerned with the idea of alchemy... the desire to transform metal into a universal elixir. My impressions of naturally ocurring patterns and flows of energy observed in daily life and through my art practice come together in this work to create what is in essence a melliflous drawing suspended in space. In it I reference a diversity of both biologic and manufactured form evocative of things as disparate as bee hives, electric circuits, sound wave patterns and the branching patterns of veins in the human body. Unifying all of this through color and line I have created a flowing composition to ellicit a state of harmony and well-being in the viewer. I am also interested in finding ways of upending traditional art practices by integrating mark-making, painting and drawing, that clearly show the hand of the artist, with high-tech processes, such as laser-cutting, which is more mechanical in nature. In doing so, my practice is congruent with my subject matter. It is essentially a search for universal truths that govern all disparate things... things which I have observed to similarly form, grow and dissipate in time.
Wendy Letven is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation and painting in the New York area. Wendy is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a recipient of a Workspace Grant from Dieu Donné in New York. Raised in Phildelphia, Ms. Letven received a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Ms. Letven teaches Art and Design courses at Parsons School of Design in New York and at New York University.