This was written by my friend, David Hornung, for the show at Adelphi University. It appeared on the wall as text.
"Maria Katzman spent five months a year between 2005 and 2011
at the Byrdcliff Artists Colony in Woodstock New York. Each year she lived in
the same small cabin on a wooded hillside. At first, her work was a
continuation of small oil paintings she had made of scenes from her childhood.
But increasingly, the cabin, the forest that surrounded it, and the interplay
between natural and manufactured forms began to interest her and, by 2006 she
was working exclusively from that tiny universe of objects, nooks and views.
In Katzman’s paintings the cabin and its contents have an austere, timeless quality reminiscent of 17th century Dutch still-lifes and interiors, but executed in a cooler contemporary manner. They use natural light to describe shadow and form, but also to supply abstract patterns and shapes that unify her images. Of course, the play of light on objects and the intervals between them always introduces a temporal element and Katztman’s paintings evoke a meditation on the slow passage of time. In her contemplative practice, her respect for the integrity of a humble subject, and her preoccupation with fleeting time, Katzman is, in a sense, a stlll-life painter, but one who inhabits her motif."