1978 - metal: steel, Cor-Ten
'Pinkney', Lila Katzen's sculpture of cut, rolled and welded steel resembles a curled ribbon, solid and substantial in physicality yet delicate and sensuous in form. Perhaps this derived from her initial artistic career as a painter, influenced by the surface, color and decorative aspects of such earlier masters as Miro and Matisse while the elements of line, movement and structure reflect her beginnings as a sculptor during the Abstract Expressionist era. Katzen worked on a human scale, inviting viewer interaction and accessibility. Though there is no reference to visual reality, her mode of expression became one of simplification and exclusion of detail. She worked meditatively and intuitively, bending and folding, transforming one component into another until the rhythmic form that was her signature style emerged.