Bio

Katja van den Enden is an experimental, abstract artist living and working in Ontario. Her work ranges from mixed media works on mylar and painting to sculpture. She has exhibited her work in public and private galleries for the past 15 years among them Gallery 1313, Art Square Gallery, the Orillia Museum of Art and History, the Aurora Cultural Centre, Latcham Art Gallery, the McKay Art Centre, Propeller Gallery and the John B. Aird Gallery. Her work has been part of the Toronto Artist Project for the past five years and will be again in 2018. 

Katja grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany where she studied with numerous artists such as Jochen Zellmann and Beate Fischer-Abetz. She has been an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists since 2014 and is a recipient of an Exhibition Assistance Grant from the Ontario Art Council in 2016 and 2017.


Artist Statement

My work explores organic patterns on a microscopic level that, interestingly enough, resemble the macroscopic patterns of space and the universe. The emotional content of these patterns and their colours is significant, allowing the viewer to experience a visceral connection with our collective chemistry.  

“Fragmented Memories”

In a recent study on memory, scientists found that only about fifty people on our planet remember every second of their lives, the rest of us remember only what is important to us. Researchers also determined that every time we recall an event we edit it slightly.I became fascinated with memory after interacting with people suffering with dementia. Not only do our memories encapsulate our past but often become our own, highly edited, myth. Without memory we lose ourselves, our idiosyncrasies and become someone else, a person with few characteristics, a caricature. I create highly polished, organically shaped, vibrantly coloured sculptures to retrieve these memory fragments to remind us of the multi-faceted person that we are.

“Relationships”

In my sculptures entitled “Relationships”  I zoom in to focus on only a few cells and their interactions. The cell, as our smallest common denominator with all other life forms, becomes the protagonist. The viewer is invited to identify with this cell-like protagonist in its dynamic relationships. Similar to what can be seen under the microscope, my protagonists are in motion: connecting, separating, in harmony or in conflict.

While my sculptures on memory communicate through colour and pattern, my examination of relationships is an experiment in communicating through light and shadow. The reflections of light and shadow, created by my transparent resin sculptures, illuminate the tangible as well as the intangible human connections. It is in these connections that the substance of life exists.

Remnants

These are a return to investigating memory but rather than exploring significant memories that will trigger a slue of emotions (as I have done with "Fragmented Memories") these pieces are about the every day memories of things we have repeated over and over and that have left their traces on our minds shaping our mental landscape, our thinking patterns.


For more information on Katja's work, or to just say hello, feel free to get in touch.

Or go to www.instagram.com/Katja van den Enden  or www.facebook.com/artbykatja

If you are interested in Katja's process go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifa3-v_Lwt0&t=3s 


CV

2017 

AGH Spring Show 

OSA annual juried show 

‘Live Longer Piss Off Your Heirs‘ 

Art Heals 

Toronto Artist Project - Art Fair 

2016 

Carmichael Annual Juried Show Orillia

Inaugural Juried Show Old Town 

AGM Spring Show 

Annual Juried Show Stouffville 

Toronto Artist Project - Art Fair 

2015 

Threshold   with Sue Johnston 

The Toronto Artist Project Art Fair

2014

IT IS.  a joint Show with Sue Johnston 

Nuit Blanche Event#28 w Sue Johnston

Abstract Journey

Toronto Artist Project - Art Fair

2013

Connection - solo show

Connection - solo show 

Toronto Artist Project - Art Fair  

2012 

Fluid Solo Show 

SpeakEasy -  Spring Art Fair 

Connection - solo show

2011 

Beyond the Pale  

Living Colour           

Freedom of Expression 

Two   

International Women’s Show  

2010 

Light - solo show

Passing Through

Newmarket Studio Tour 

SOYRA Annual Aurora Juried Art Show  

Solo Show  

2009 

SOYRA Annual Aurora Juried Art Show

Newmarket Studio Tour  

Songs and Masters

2008

SOYRA Annual Aurora Juried Art Show

Guest artist Orillia Solo show 

International Women’s Day Show  

2007 

International Women’s Day Show 

2006

Anticipation  

Tsunami Relief Show  

International Women’s Day Show 

OMAH Annual Juried Art Show  

2005

International Women’s Day Show 

SpringSprangSprung 

Endless Summer 5 

Starry Night Annual Art Event 

Fall 

Review 

2004 

International Women’s Day Show           

Face It 

Masquerade 

Unwrapped  

First Night 4  

2003

International Women’s Day Show 

Reverb

Endless Summer 3 

Blaze 

First Night 3 

2002 

International Women’s Day Show Orillia

Swing 

Jubilation 



Art Gallery of Hamilton

John B. Aird Gallery

Propeller Gallery 

Aurora Cultural Centre 

Exhibition Place


Orillia Museum of Art and History

Old Town Hall

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Latcham Gallery

Exhibition Place


Art Square Gallery



Art Square Gallery  

Art Square Gallery 

Artworld Gallery

Exhibition Place


Southlake Art Gallery

McKay Art Centre

Exhibition Place


McKay Art Centre/ Varley Museum 

Gladstone Hotel 

Southlake Art Gallery


Art Square Gallery 

McKay Center for the Arts 

Aurora Cultural Centre

1313 Gallery

Orillia Museum of Art and History 


Southlake Art Gallery 

McKay Center of the Arts


Aurora Town Hall

Covernotes 


Aurora Town Hall 


Southlake Art Gallery 


Aurora Town Hall

Zephyr Gallery 

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Opera House

Zephyr Galley

Orillia Museum of Art and History


Zephyr Gallery

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Coach House Gallery

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Hamilton Ontario Canada

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