A New York native, Friedman's work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Booth Western Art Museum (GA), the James McNeil whistler museum (MA), the Galleria Nacional Museum in Costa Rica, and numerous solo shows in New York City including recent exhibits in the Chelsea District. Her work was featured at the juried Annual Hudson Mohawk Regional show at the Albany Institute of Art & History. Friedman received a BA and MFA in Art from Queens College, an Ed.D from Columbia University and studied at the New York Studio School. Her work was selected by the U.S. Department of State Art-In-Embassies Program for the US Embassy in Djibouti, E. Africa and Colombo, Sri Lanka. Friedman's work is in many corporate and private collections including Pfizer, McGraw Hill, IBM, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Pace University, Ritz Carlton Hotels and Metropolitan National Bank. She has received seven artist residency grants to work in Spain, Costa Rica, Ireland, Southern France and New Mexico.
A. About the geometric abstractions: I apply abstraction and geometry as an organizing and fragmenting tool for processing those unsettling characteristics of everyday life. Employing abstraction without representational imagery also alludes to spiritual concepts in an effort to understand our existence. The content is the sum of organized tensions and its reality lies in the dynamic relation of forms one to another. Tilting of forms represents the notion of an elemental structure whether spiritual or scientific rendered illegible by the disorder of modern life. I seek to explore discord and loss of equilibrium to overthrow expectations.
B. On the abstracted landscapes: Primarily aerial views that have a thematic thread running throughout that can best be described as the sensation and appearance of air with a breathable fluidity among shapes. Painting the landscape as seen from above began a process that has developed into a defining element of my work. The references to the natural world are expansive. There is perhaps a sense of nostalgia for a large visual field rather than a specificity of place. I combine aspects of observation, memory, and imagination.The evocative horizon line often stabilizes the concepts.
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