I am a passionate realist, working with a palette of soft pastels, sanded paper, and a kneaded eraser. My early years of working in the abstract helped me refine my handling of the medium and sharpen my understanding of shape and form as it manifests in the natural world. I feel obligated as an artist to reflect the world I live in, to look keenly at my environment, and to present it to the viewer in an engaging way.
My recent “My Threads” series is inspired by a once thriving family business in NYC called Abrams Fringe. The series is a connection to the Abrams women, my mother being the last. Near the end of her life, I was compelled to examine the lace, spools and fabrics left to me from their business and their generation as I said goodbye.
Paintings from the “Sacred Ground” series explore a more generalized struggle with loss, that of the American Landscape. I’ve spent much of the last seven years exploring preserves, state parks and conservation areas of the Hudson Valley. In a collaboration with several organizations including the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, the Mohonk Preserve, The Nature Conservancy and Scenic Hudson, “Sacred Ground” pays tribute to and supports land preservation and planned development and hopefully increases the public's understanding of preservation.
About the Artist:
Marlene Wiedenbaum, PSA, is a graduate of Queens College, SUNY New Paltz &attended the Arts Students League in NYC. Her award winning paintings have been exhibited internationally, including the 2010, 12 & 14th International Pastel Artists Invitational in Taipei, Taiwan. As a result, her work is among six International Master Pastelists featured in two text books commissioned by the Taiwanese government. In 2012, Marlene was selected out of 1500 artists as one of 10 Semi-Finalists for the prestigious Basil H. Alkazzi Excellence in Painting Awards. In 2010, Marlene was awarded a residency at Platte Clove through the The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. Wiedenbaum was a featured artist in the November 2010 issue of Art Times and the December ‘09 issue of American Artist. Her painting, “Downriver from Potown,” was also selected by American Artist Magazine for their 2011 calendar. She teaches pastel classes & plein-air workshops in the Hudson Valley. An award winning Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Marlene is also an Active Member of such prestigious arts organizations as the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Audubon Artists Org., NAPPAP, NYPAP, the Degas Pastel Society, & LongReachArts. Her work is in private and public collections throughout the country and is represented in the tri-state area.