From Southwest Art Magazine • June 2007
If you ask Kathrine Lemke Waste why she prefers working in the still-life genre, she replies without hesitation, “Because it doesn’t wiggle.” But then she adds, on a more serious note, “Because it’s like painting poetry.” Indeed, Waste’s visually poetic images have often been described as “luminous.” Her works are distinctive in the way they capture light and reflections. Simple, ordinary objects like a kitchen toaster are transformed into beautiful shiny objects through her imaginative eye. Balls resting on a pool table become cheerful spheres. Waste is drawn to subject matter or objects that have iconic meaning from her childhood, such as baseballs and Wonder Bread. “A lot of life happens at the level of these little objects,” she says. “But irony is not my intention, nor are comments about consumerism. I feel love, affection, amusement, and joy in painting these things.”
Although she paints with watercolors, a medium she acknowledges has a bit of an underdog reputation in the art world, Waste points out that old assumptions don’t hold true anymore because of technological advances in the pigments that are used in the paint. “I’m drawn to the inherent luminosity of the finished painting – a quality of light that just isn’t possible with any other medium,” she explains. Waste is represented by Bonner David Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ, and Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
– Bonnie Gangelhoff