Keren Toledano is a self-taught artist based in New York City. She received her BA in English from Harvard and her MA in Arts & Humanities Education from NYU. She worked as a literary agent, Hollywood story editor, freelance writer and film archivist, before committing herself to the creative life. After publishing several short stories in literary journals, writer’s block led her to explore fine art. In her first solo show in 2017, THE ACT BUT NOT THE THING IS SACRED, she coupled abstract collage with excerpts from her torn up stories—a reminder never to marry her darlings.
She now splits her time between painting and writing, finding connections across disciplines. In addition to collaborations with home decor brands and art publishers, her work has been featured at international fairs and in publications such as Maker’s Magazine.
You can view her published writing work HERE.
The act of making meaning is a constant attempt to separate two things, creating divisions between what something is, and what it is not. In the empirical world, we need these distinctions. But in the cultural sphere, they create great conflict, a polarized realm which is only defined by its multitude of oppositions.
I want to paint a resolution to this, a space where the tension is harmonious in nature. The static plane of the canvas reveals the connections between opposites—matte and gloss, transparent and opaque. Dark and light shapes are interwoven, and the eye dances back and forth between. A dense field of flat color floats above a layering of vitreous glazes.
The shapes appear organic in nature, the raw linen canvas showing through—their interplay a story of dimension and texture.
Always question what you believe to be true. To paraphrase Bertrand Russell, doubt is the mark of the wise, certainty the realm of fools and fanatics.
1996 BA in English, Harvard University, Boston, MA
2003 MA in Arts & Humanities Education, New York University, NYC
The Yard @ Williamsburg
2017 THE ACT BUT NOT THE THING IS SACRED, solo show, The Yard @ Williamsburg, BK