Katja Oxman: A Room Within
June 5-September 16, 2018
Katja Oxman creates complexly detailed still-life etchings depicting interior spaces. The still lifes, composed of clearly personal items such postcards, boxes, bird nests, feathers and more are arranged on oriental rugs. The realistic and highly patterned images create an intimate, poetic world.
Oxman’s labor intensive etching process is to work with four or five plates. All of her subtle colors are arrived at by the overlapping of primary colors, using French printing inks. The final work takes months to complete, with Oxman only using assistants to pull the final edition, often of 150 prints.
Oxman was born in Germany and studied at the Royal College of Art, London; the Academy of Munich, Germany; and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. She has been an artist-in-residence at Bryn Mawr College, taught art at American University, Washington, D.C. and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Solo shows include David Adamson Gallery, Washington D.C.; Marcus Gordon, Pittsburgh; Gallery North, Long Island and Associated American Artists, New York and Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited in over one hundred group shows in the US and is in the collections of museums and corporations throughout the world. She is represented by Steven Scott Gallery in Baltimore. The prints in this exhibit are a gift from the artist, courtesy of the Steven Scott Gallery.