Wendy Letven is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation and painting in the New York area. She has created installations for Art on Paper Fair, the Flatiron Prow Artspace, Arts Brookfield, Market Art and Design, and The Sheila R. Johnson Gallery at the New School, among others. Wendy is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a recipient of a Workspace Grant from Dieu Donne Papermill in New York. Raised in Philadelphia, she received a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from Hunter College. She is an art professor at Parsons School of Design in New York. Her works are in many private collections throughout the East Coast and in Europe.
Organic and the geometric patterns are combined in her sculptural works, suggesting a collision of varying energies, rhythms and frequencies, with cast shadows that add a layer of etheriality to the materiality of the work. To Letven, they stem from a desire to draw in space. Her paintings are similarly charged with a sense of motion, the exuberance of line, texture, color and form, and, similar to her sculptures, a dialogue between substance and light. Each ink painting begins with the call and response of gestures, stemming from an ink pour, a shape or a line. Creating order out of chaos, additional marks are layered up, giving shape to the negative space along the way. She uses the brush as an extension of her arm to create the arabesques which suggest waves, rivers, patterns and the flow of the cosmos. At times she half closes her eyes when making her signature long brush strokes, to better modulate the touch of brush on paper and tap into a natural gracefulness within us. Where line and form imply space, it is color, transparency and light that bring life to the work and elicits a more emotional response in the viewer as they recall sensations of warm versus cool, stormy versus calm. Letven’s sculptural works also stem from a deep study of nature, flow and pattern. Working from an extensive library of graphic shapes, culled over the years, she layers pattern upon pattern in her compositions. A theme of the interconnectedness and a certain ebullience pervade the work, which ultimately is a celebration of the mysterious forces of life that connect us to the natural world.