Gallup writes: "The lush surfaces reveal under-painting and a sense that she is searching for her subjects, allowing them to reveal themselves slowly through the painting process and within their own invented time. The layering becomes part of the narrative and gives the work depth and spontaneity. I admire how Bradford is able to balance abstract elements with figurative images, both sharing equal time, neither losing their distinctive differences while adding a fluid interrelatedness."
Jason Stopa interviews painter Katherine Bradford on the occasion of her upcoming exhibition of recent work at Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, on view from April 19 – May 26, 2012.
Bradford notes that "This may be a good time to be doing paintings that appear human or have a humanity that maybe a decade ago wasn't considered very interesting. Interesting - no. It wasn't considered modern enough, wasn't considered groundbreaking enough."
Calandra notes that Bradford's paintings "ask the viewer to let go. They allow for connections to be made between the compelling imagery and space within them freely and without a push from any kind of direct narrative. Like reading a poem that never overtly connotes its subject, the viewer's imagination is as active a participant while observing as Kathy's must have been while making."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.